TOTTENHAM owner Daniel Levy nearly passed up the opportunity to sign Dele Alli.
Spurs signed midfielder Alli from MK Dons on a five-and-a-half-year deal for an initial £5m fee in January 2015.
The then 18-year-old was loaned back to the League One side for the rest of the season as part of the deal.
But as former Tottenham boss David Pleat explained, it could have been a far different story.
“I had seen a lot of Dele Alli and I was convinced,” Pleat explained in an interview with talkSPORT this week.
“I had spoken to [Spurs technical director Franco] Baldini, I spoke to all sort of people about him, I was pushing, pushing, pushing.
“It wasn’t clever.
He’d played about 75, 80 games regularly in men’s football for a team called MK Dons, nice people, just down the road.
“I saw a lot of him and I was convinced, given the opportunity, that he would do well.
Alli is now a key part of the Spurs side, having signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract to remain at the club until 2024 last year.
The delighted England international tweeted: “Would like to say a big thank you to everyone at the club – chairman, manager, all my team-mates and the fans for their constant support.
“I’ve loved my time at Spurs so far and I’m very excited to see what the future holds! COYS”.