Spurs scout David Pleat claims Liverpool were never close to signing Dele Alli

Tottenham's Dele Alli

Tottenham's David Pleat thinks Liverpool weren't as close to signing Dele Alli as many believe.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager David Pleat in the standsFormer Tottenham Hotspur manager David Pleat in the stands

Tottenham scout and consultant David Pleat has told Sky Sports that Liverpool never came close to signing Spurs star Dele Alli.

Alli, 20, signed for Spurs back in January 2015 having starred in League One with Milton Keynes Dons, and having spent the season half of the 2014/15 season back on loan with the Dons, Alli fired the club to the Championship with 16 league goals.

Dele Alli celebrates after scoring the fourth goal for TottenhamDele Alli celebrates after scoring for Tottenham

After winning promotion with MK Dons, it was time for Alli to head to Spurs and start his career under Mauricio Pochettino - and he has become a star in the last year.

With ten goals and 11 assists for Spurs this season, Alli won the PFA Young Player of the Year award, and is now in line for a starting role for England at this summer's European Championships.

David PleatDavid Pleat

Now a star for Tottenham, Pochettino will build his midfield around Alli for years to come - but claims earlier this season suggested that he could have joined Liverpool.

Ex-Reds boss Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports that Alli was close to joining Liverpool and wanted a move to Anfield before Spurs swooped in and took the playmaker to White Hart Lane instead.

Tottenham's Dele AlliTottenham's Dele Alli

Now though, Spurs scout and consultant David Pleat - the man who encouraged Tottenham to take the plunge and sign Alli - has told Sky Sports that Rodgers' account of the story isn't quite right.

Pleat suggests that whilst Liverpool met with Alli, it was at a time where MK Dons weren't willing to sell the playmaker - and when they did open the door to a deal, Spurs made sure that they signed him after being tipped off by manager Karl Robinson.

"They met him and had talks but Milton Keynes weren't selling him at the time," said Pleat. "There was nothing agreed with the clubs and they said he wasn't for sale at that point. When the chairman at MK Dons was ready to sell him I was informed by their manager, because he knew we'd be interested, and we did the deal. The rest is history," he added.

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