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How Daniel Levy had to be talked into buying Dele Alli - and almost missed out

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But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy almost missed out on the youngster, and had to be talked into buying him.

The signing of Dele Alli has arguably been one of the greatest pieces of business Tottenham have done in recent years.

“So, just before the deadline on, I think it was the January, I was going to a game at Luton and it was Daniel Levy [on the phone] and Daniel said to me, ‘This boy Alli, we hear he’s going to have a medical or he’s going to talk to Villa and to Newcastle .

Pleat said: "I had seen a lot of Dele Alli and I was convinced.

Alli was 18-years-old at the time, and plying his trade for League One side MK Dons .

"I had spoken to [Spurs technical director Franco] Baldini, I spoke to all sort of people about him, I was pushing, pushing, pushing.

And former Tottenham boss David Pleat revealed to talkSPORT that he had to persuade Levy that Alli was worth the money.
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