Harry Redknapp reveals key role in convincing Everton to sign Dele Alli from Tottenham

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Dele Alli’s short time at Everton did not work out  (Getty Images)
Dele Alli’s short time at Everton did not work out (Getty Images)

Harry Redknapp has revealed he moved to convince Frank Lampard of the benefits in signing Dele Alli from Tottenham during the January transfer window.

After a sustained dip in form, the 26-year-old called an emotional end to a seven-years Spurs career by joining Everton on an initial free transfer, with add-ons to come should certain performance-based criteria be met.

Still, the former England international failed to settle at Goodison Park, making only one Premier League start while on Merseyside.

As a result, Dele was allowed to join Turkish Super Lig giants Besiktas on a free transfer during the summer transfer window. On Sunday, he scored his first goal for the club in a 3-2 win over Ankaragucu.

Speaking to talkSPORT, former Spurs boss Redknapp said: “I called Frank and said, ‘take the chance on Dele Alli. He’s got fantastic ability and you can get him going’.

“Going to a big club like Everton could give him a big lift and Frank said he was down the road already and I said, ‘brilliant, I think he’ll be great for you’.

“He was a disaster, a disaster. I watched him play and he loses the ball, he walks and doesn’t run, I don’t know what’s happened to him.”