Agbonlahor on Everton recalling Dele Alli from loan after new development
Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted Everton won’t be looking to reintegrate Dele Alli when his loan at Besiktas ends.
The former Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 26-year-old may be “enjoying life” out in Turkey after struggling for form in the Premier League.
Alli, on a season-long loan from Everton, scored his first goal from open play since February 2021 during Besiktas’ full-blooded 3-2 win over Ankaragucu in the Turkish Super Lig on 4 September.
The Istanbul giants sit third in the league, just one point from the summit.
The Guardian claim (25 August) Besiktas have the option to buy the England international for £6million before 1 January 2023, with the price rising to £8million after that date.
Alli made just one start during his ill-fated spell with The Toffees after joining on a free transfer from Tottenham in January.
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Agbonlahor suggested Frank Lampard will look to “move on” and replace the midfielder in his Everton squad.
When asked if the door is open for Alli to return to Goodison Park, he told Football Insider’s Connor Whitley: “I don’t think so.
“I think Lampard will move on with his squad of players. Often when you see players moving to Turkey, you don’t see them moving back, to be honest.
“Maybe he won’t want to come back. If he’s enjoying life out there and playing well, then he might be reluctant to come back.
“That’s something that Dele Alli and the club will have to agree on.”
Alli’s Everton contract is set to expire in June 2024.
The Toffees are reportedly due to pay Tottenham £10million if the midfielder makes 20 appearances for the club.