Report: Tottenham opening talks with Dele Alli over £100,000-a-week deal - signal of Levy's intent?

Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at White Hart Lane on August 29, 2015 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly hoping to close a deal with Dele Alli over a new contract.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at Wembley Stadium on September 16, 2017 in London, England.

According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks with playmaker Dele Alli over a new deal, worth around £100,000-a-week.

Spurs pulled off what has proved to be one of the greatest Premier League bargains of recent times when they signed Alli from MK Dons in January 2015, paying just £5million to land him (Sky Sports).

The midfielder has gone on to become a key player for Tottenham and one the Premier League's top young talents, having hit 30 goals in 75 Premier League games from midfield.

Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at Wembley Stadium in London,...

Alli, 21, will no doubt attract major interest over the coming years off the back of his performances for Tottenham, but Spurs appear to be moving to keep him in North London for the long-term.

The Sun report that Spurs are opening talks with Alli over a bumper new contract, which would see him join Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane in earning around £100,000-a-week in wages.

Alli only signed a new six-year contract with Spurs back in September 2016, but a year on, he looks set to double his wages in a deal that would be a huge signal of intent for Spurs and chairman Daniel Levy, showing that Spurs will look to keep their current set of stars, rather than end up selling them, just like Michael Carrick, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Dimitar Berbatov over the years.

Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at White Hart Lane on August 29, 2015 in London, England.

Levy has often been accused of penny-pinching at Tottenham, and whilst he has so far managed to keep his key players, Danny Rose's comments from last month about needing to be paid accordingly means that Spurs do need to pay up to continue keeping their players happy.

Alli is one player who Spurs would, in an ideal world, want to build around for the next five to ten years, and securing a new contract with the England international whilst making him one of the club's highest-paid players is a move that must be taken.

Spurs may run a risk of triggering similar demands from other players – such as Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen – but keeping Alli is vital, and Levy would be making a perfect move by tying Alli down to a huge new contract, based on his remarkable record for Spurs so far.

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