Everton midfielder Dele Alli is in talks with Besiktas to join the Turkish club.
The deal could be a loan or a permanent move depending on how the talks progress.
Meanwhile, Everton are close to completing Idrissa Gueye’s long transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.
The Merseyside club had already agreed with the Senegal international to return to the club he left in 2019, but issues between the player and PSG have delayed the deal.
These have now been resolved and Gueye will complete the transaction within the next 24-48 hours.
Alli is in desperate need of more playing time after being used mostly from the bench since joining Everton.
Although there was no initial transfer fee when he joined the club in January, Everton would have owed Tottenham up to £40million if certain performance bonuses had been met.
The first £10million would be due after Alli’s 20th appearance at Everton. The club are also expected to pay Spurs 25% of any money they receive.
The 26-year-old has made appearances in both of Everton’s Premier League games so far this season, but only from the substitutes’ bench.
Since joining the club on transfer deadline day in January, Alli has made just one start – against Arsenal on the last day of last season – and has played just 13 times in total , without marking.
Alli was praised by Frank Lampard for his second-half impact in Everton’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace in May, which preserved the club’s Premier League status.
Lampard was questioned by sky sports earlier this month on the former Tottenham midfielder’s more regular use this season – given the absence of striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the lack of a recognized striker as an alternative.
Alli had scored twice in a friendly win over Blackpool and was seen by some fans as someone who could function as a false nine in Calvert-Lewin’s absence.
“I hope he has an important role to play,” Lampard said of Alli’s upcoming season. “He had a big impact in a half against Palace and he was very important in turning things around, but now we’re looking for consistency.
“That means training, getting in the best condition and showing ourselves capable of starting games. We are now in a more stable condition as a club than in the intense environment we were in at the end of last season. .
“Dele is there to help us more consistently and it’s in his hands to show when opportunities arise he can take them. We saw in his performance against Palace what he can do. He’s a for me and for him – we’re all pulling in the same direction, and hopefully he can have a good season for us.”
Analysis: unloading Alli is ruthless, Lampard must show it
Sky Sports football reporter Ben Grounds:
“When Alli joined Everton on a two-and-a-half-year deal in January, it was hoped he could revive his slow-moving career at Goodison Park.
“The player had felt for some time that he needed another break from Spurs, where he had spent seven years of his career.
“Given the steep fall in its shares and the precarious financial situation of Everton, it is not surprising that the potential transfer fee of £ 40 million has been structured on the basis of performance-related add-ons .
“It was Alli’s place to play, and if he revived those early days at White Hart Lane, such a high fee would certainly have been justified. This Alli, at the start of the Mauricio Pochettino era, was a £40m player.
“In the dark of night on the day of the deadline, said Alli sky sports of Lampard’s influence to convince him to move to Merseyside.
What Alli said when he arrived at Everton
“I’m very excited, a bit tired from the long day but we finally got there. I’m delighted.
“I had some good conversations with him [Lampard] already, he is a player that I have admired throughout his career watching him. I’m happy to work with him, it’s very exciting, I’m sure we can do great things together.
“I just want to be happy playing football. Working with Lampard and the great players at Everton is a great opportunity for me to do that. I’m excited to go there and show the fans what I can do and help the club as much as I can.”
“There is still a player in Dele and a move to Turkey now would feel like a resignation that his best days are behind him.
“Still only 26 years old, the Super Lig has been treated by Premier League clubs like a heap of junk for finished footballers at clubs happy to take their inflated wages and bruised egos.
“A creator of 269 appearances in all competitions for Spurs and scorer of 67 goals, including 51 in the Premier League. The hope was that Lampard could trigger something in him, but given Everton’s own problems, it was perhaps the right player at the wrong time.
“His career stalled in north London, but it came to a complete halt at Liverpool.
“In more stable times for Everton, thinking back to how James Rodriguez operated in those early performances under Carlo Ancelotti in 2020, Alli might well have thrived.
“Lampard is someone who is still fighting his own battle to be accepted at this level as a Premier League manager, and he can ill afford passengers in a team desperate to prove that last season’s decline was not only circumstantial, and not something that will be repeated in its first full season.
“A back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year winner, a Champions League final runner-up, but sadly a poster boy now from an English generation who haven’t quite fulfilled their potential.
“The hope was that a place could be found for someone with such natural ability, but the club would be right to cut their losses on the Alli experience.
“They arrived at Everton on the same day, so it will be with a heavy heart that Lampard makes one of the ruthless first calls of his tenure at Goodison.”
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