Tottenham scout David Pleat discloses Daniel Levy did not want to pay £5m for Dele Alli

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David Pleat has commented on Tottenham's battle to sign Dele Alli.

Dele Alli's £5 million signing from MK Dons proved a stroke of genius for Tottenham Hotspur this past season.

As well as helping Spurs into title contention by scoring 10 goals, Alli also earned the PFA young player of the year award, and is set to feature for England at Euro 2016, potentially as a starter.

Tottenham scout and former manager David Pleat has admitted however that he had to talk chairman Daniel Levy into doing a deal for Alli, 18 months ago.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Sports Week programme on Sunday morning (8/5), Pleat spoke about his determination to get the deal done.

He said: "Fortunately Daniel, the chairman, accepted the fact that he was worth £5 million. He didn't want to really pay £5 million for a division one [League One] player, but whatever we had to pay for him, I said he was worth it."

Levy seemingly relented on his personal judgement over Alli's value to sanction the deal at Pleat's request, and it has paid off.

The deal left Premier League rivals scratching their heads at how they missed out on the MK Dons talent, and it likely comes down to the fact they did not have anybody who was as passionate about Alli's talent as Pleat was, to talk their board into a deal, with Levy's reservations probably ones which would be echoed among many top flight chairman.

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