Report: Aston Villa join Newcastle in race for Dele Alli

Aston Villa are interested in the possibility of buying Dele Alli from MK Dons.

Aston Villa have joined Newcastle United in the race to sign Dele Alli, according to the Daily Mail.

The MK Dons midfielder has caught the eye down in League One this season, and it seems his potential is starting to attract the attention of top-level sides.

Newcastle had been said to be close to arranging a deal for the 18-year-old, as reported by the BBC, but Villa's interest could scupper their plans.

Villa are on the hunt for additions as they fight against the drop in the Premier League, and Alli is someone Paul Lambert feels could enhance his squad in the future.

What's the impact for Villa?

Alli may believe that his chances of regular football are increased if he opts for a move to Villa Park.

Newcastle are well stocked in the midfield department, but there could be a role for a player of his kind within Lambert's ranks.

Although Carles Gil has already added guile to the Villa midfield, Alli would bring a goalscoring edge that has been lacking from their play.

The Villans are the lowest scorers in the Premier League and the addition of a midfielder who has scored 12 goals in 30 matches this campaign can only aid them as they look to increase their attacking threat.

The worry for Alli would be that Lambert has already shown a reluctance to utilise some of the younger members of his squad this season.

Callum Robinson and Jack Grealish have both stood out in League One in recent times, but neither have featured regularly for Villa's senior side this term and Lambert would have to show greater faith in Alli for the move to be appealing.

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