MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has admitted his belief that Newcastle's links with Dele Alli are 'a bit more than paper talk'.
Alli has been one of the stand-out players across the whole Football League this season and Robinson has revealed that the club are braced for bids from higher-placed sides in the coming weeks.
Newcastle are currently said to be leading the race for Alli's signature by the Telegraph and Robinson was ready to admit that their reported interest may not be idle gossip.
“There’s been a lot of talk over Dele and Newcastle United and certain clubs," he said to ITV. "I think it’s a bit more than paper talk but there’s nothing that we’ve heard yet."
It would be a bitter blow for MK if they were to lose Alli at this stage of the season, but his form had understandably attracted suitors.
The 18-year-old central midfielder has scored 11 goals in 29 appearances across all competitions this campaign, making him one of the brightest talents in the whole of the country.
Newcastle are still without a manager and were said to be waiting until the summer before trying to pursue any targets by the Chronicle.
However, the news today appears to directly conflict with that report and the opportunity to sign Alli, who has been capped up to under-19 level by England, is apparently one that the Magpies feel is too good to refuse.