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Spurs ‘reluctant’ to let Alli leave as Pochettino’s PSG ‘step up’ pursuit

Tottenham are ‘reluctant’ to let Dele Alli leave on loan this month as Paris Saint-Germain ‘step up’ their pursuit of the out-of-favour star.

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to reunite with the midfielder after being appointed as the new manager of PSG earlier this month, with Alli having struggled for opportunities with the north London side so far this season.

The 24-year-old has made just three substitute appearances in the Premier League since being withdrawn at half-time during the opening weekend defeat to Everton, his minutes since restricted to cup competition with Alli handed a rare starting opportunity during the FA Cup third-round win over Marine last weekend.

According to the Guardian, Alli is keen to leave on loan in search of regular first-team football and would relish the prospect of working alongside Pochettino once more in the French capital, with the midfielder having not given up hope of breaking back into the England squad ahead of Euro 2021.

However, chairman Daniel Levy and manager Jose Mourinho are understood to be ‘in agreement’ that every player will be needed ahead of a congested six months.

Spurs are still competing on four fronts having reached the final of the Carabao Cup and knockout stages of the Europa League, and the north Londoners are reluctant to deplete their options during the winter window.

PSG have also been linked with a move for another of Pochettino’s former players in Christian Eriksen, the Denmark international’s move from Tottenham to Inter Milan having failed to work out with the 28-year-old having been made available for transfer by the Italian side.

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