Tottenham's Dele Alli joins Everton

Everton has signed Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on a two-and-a-half-year contract for up to £40 million.

Frank Lampard, Everton’s new manager, made acquiring midfielder Alli a priority, believing he can resurrect a career that has stagnated in recent years.

The 25-year-old, who has represented England 37 times, made six appearances under Spurs manager Antonio Conte after the Italian’s November arrival.

After 20 appearances, the first £10 million of his transfer price will become due.

He is cup-tied for Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round encounter against Brentford but might make his Premier League debut against Newcastle on 8 February.

Everton was compelled to make the transaction permanent after adding Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek to their loan limit after the recent purchase of Anwar El Ghazi from Aston Villa.

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