Dele Alli gets Everton move as Frank Lampard seals remarkable free transfer

Frank Lampard poses for a photo after becoming the new manager of Everton FC on January 31, 2022 at USM Finch Farm in Halewood, England.

Dele Alli has completed his remarkable free transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Everton on deadline day.

The 25-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Toffees on the same day that Frank Lampard was appointed as their new manager.

Alli, who joined Tottenham from MK Dons in 2015, has initially been brought to Goodison Park for nothing, despite still being contracted to Spurs until June 2024.

But Everton will have to pay a £10million fee if he makes 20 appearances on Merseyside.

It only emerged on deadline day that Alli was in talks with the Toffees and the midfielder has now completed his long-awaited exit.

Alli started just eight Premier League games this season under managers Antonio Conte and Nuno Espirito Santo, with his career stalling since a sensational start to life on the biggest stage as a teenager.

Lampard has secured the signing on a permanent basis just hours into his new post, as top-flight rules dictate that clubs can bring in a maximum of two players on loan from Premier League rivals.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on January 10, 2022 in Enfield, England.

Winger Anwar El Ghazi has already arrived from Aston Villa following Lucas Digne 's permanent transfer in the other direction, while Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek is expected to arrive on a deal until the end of the season.

The Chelsea legend has a difficult job on his hands, with Everton four points above the dreaded drop zone, facing relegation from the top tier of English football for the first time since 1950.

Upon his unveiling on Monday, Lampard told his new club's website : It is a huge honour for me to represent and manage a club the size and tradition of Everton Football Club.

I'm very hungry to get started. After speaking to the owner, Chairman and the Board, I very much felt their passion and ambition.

I hope they felt my ambition and how hard I want to work to bring it together.

You can feel the passion Everton fans have for their club. That will be hugely important.

As a team – the competitive level that the Premier League brings and the position we are in the table – we certainly need that.

It's a two-way thing. I think Everton is a unique club in that you can really understand what the fans want to see.

The first thing they want is fight and desire and that must always be our baseline.

My first message to the players will be that we have to do this together. We'll try to do our job and I know the fans will be there backing us.

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