Dele Alli previously told Harry Winks he was 'like Gerrard and Toure combined'

New Tottenham signing Dele Alli believes he is a cross between Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure.

After beating Aston Villa and Newcastle to his signing, Tottenham announced the arrival of MK Dons youngster Dele Alli on deadline day.

Spurs had a fairly quiet month, but as the transfer window came to an end, they finally made a move with the signing of Alli.

The 18-year-old midfielder is one of the most highly rated prospects in English football right now, and Tottenham managed to secure his signature, with Alli penning a five-and-a-half year contract at White Hart Lane.

The teenager will however spend the rest of the season back on loan at MK Dons, meaning Spurs fans will have to wait to see him in a Spurs shirt.

Yet they could have been given a feel of what kind of player he is based on an interview he gave with the FA back in September 2014.

Alli, an England Under-19 international, told the FA that, in a conversation with Tottenham youngster Harry Winks, they discussed who Alli was most similar to - and whilst Winks believes Alli is comparable to Manchester City star Fernandinho, Alli has two other players in mind.

"Harry Winks and I were talking about who I play like and he was trying to tell me I’m like Fernandinho but I’m not having that," he said. "I’d prefer to think I’m a cross between Gerrard and Yaya Toure."

Gerrard and Toure are two of the Premier League's top central midfielders, and have been for many years now, largely due to their all-round games.

Both players are able to get forward and score goals as well as contribute defensively, and Alli has already shown the ability to do that at MK Dons with 12 goals this season.

Expecting him to be the new Gerrard, new Toure or a hybrid of the two may be extreme right now, but there's no doubting that Alli has bags of potential - and if he can even get close to being as influential as Gerrard or Toure, Spurs will be on to a winner.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch