Huge blow for Newcastle as Tottenham eye double swap deal

Joe Williams
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli looks over his shoulder

Newcastle United’s hopes of landing Dele Alli on loan have taken a huge blow after Paris Saint-Germain re-entered the race for the Tottenham midfielder, according to reports.

The Magpies have signed Chris Wood from Burnley and Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid so far this window, while Spurs are yet to make a signing as Antonio Conte hopes to see new faces arrive.

Eddie Howe’s men are hopeful of bringing a few more signings in before the end of the window but their status as relegation candidates seems to be putting some targets off.

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One player they were hoping to bring to St James’ Park was Tottenham midfielder Alli – who has only started eight Premier League matches this campaign – but he could now be set to reunite with Mauricio Pochettino at PSG.

The attacking midfielder’s statistics have gradually declined since the 2016/17 season when he won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

TalkSPORT insisted yesterday that Newcastle had ‘opened talks’ with Spurs over bringing Alli to St James’ Park on a temporary basis.

But, in a blow to Newcastle’s chances of a deal, 90min has claimed that PSG midfielders ‘Georginio Wijnaldum and Julian Draxler are open to being part of a loan swap deal that would see Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele or Dele Alli go the other way’.

With PSG not keen on buying Ndombele – who has had a nightmare time since moving to Spurs in 2019 – or Alli, the Ligue 1 giants were keen to find players willing to go in the other direction on loan.

And now 90min have revealed ‘that two contenders have stepped forward’ in the form of Wijnaldum and Draxler after other reports had linked the pair with a move away from the Parc des Princes.

Wijnaldum – who left Liverpool in the summer on a free transfer – ‘would be open to a return to the Premier League and his representatives have informed Tottenham of his willingness to make the move back to England’.

While Draxler ‘also an option for Spurs’ who are planning to offload several players in the January transfer window as they look to cut down their squad.