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14th Apr, 2017 | 10:19am

Howe: I tried to sign Tottenham ace before he landed in Premier League

By Matt Bullin

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has admitted that he nearly signed Tottenham ace Dele Alli on two occasions.

Howe revealed that he looked at signing the 21-year-old while Bournemouth were in the Championship and then again when he was at Burnley – but each time a move did not materialise.

Alli instead signed for Tottenham for £5million in 2015 – leaving his boyhood club MK Dons behind.

Speaking in The Mirror, Howe said of Alli: “It’s good to see us produce a player of this type in this country.

“We did look at him, but at that time we felt he was beyond us-money wise and probably club wise with the level we were at.

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“We [Bournemouth] were Championship at the time, and we talked about him when we were at Burnley as well, but he had gone beyond us quite quickly.”

Alli was shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award yesterday, the award which he won last season.

However it came as a surprise to some respected journalists that he was not also shortlisted for the main PFA Player of the Year award.

The England star has 16 goals and six assists in 30 Premier League appearances this term and has been one of Spurs’ in-form men.

His red-hot form has helped Tottenham to climb into second in the league – seven points behind table toppers Chelsea – with just seven games to go.

Next up for Spurs is a clash with Howe’s Bournemouth on Saturday as Mauricio Pochettino’s side look to put more pressure on Chelsea’s lead at the top of the league.

In other Tottenham news, Here are three things we expect to see from Spurs in their clash with Bournemouth.

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