Dele Alli has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho

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The Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is still refusing to sanction a loan move for Dele Alli to Paris Saint-Germain this month with fears over leaving the Premier League and European squad short in the event of an injury crisis or Covid-19 outbreak.

The former England international was again left unused on the bench by Jose Mourinho against Fulham on Wednesday night, doing nothing to dissuade the player that his future lies away from Spurs now. The issue for the club is the current injury to Giovani Lo Celso and the potential that another to Tanguy Ndombele or Gareth Bale would leave the club short in that creative position.

Any move for Alli, 24, would require a replacement to be sourced of similar standard who would have to be English in order to fulfil the requirements for the remaining spot in the Europa League squad. Mauricio Pochettino, now in charge at PSG, is extremely keen to sign his former player but that option is currently not under consideration for Spurs.

As things stand the club have 11 games until the end of February with an additional FA Cup round to be played should they beat the Championship’s Wycombe Wanderers in nine days’ time. While Alli is a long way out of favour under Mourinho currently, having played not a single Premier League minute in almost a month, there is no prospect of him being allowed to go to PSG unless there is an English  replacement. He featured in the FA Cup third round walkover against eighth tier Marine.

Europa League rules require squads to include eight homegrown players of which four must have been trained at the club in question. Both the non-homegrown Gedson Fernandes and Paulo Gazzaniga have been omitted from the current Spurs Europa League squad.

There is no prospect of Jesse Lingard being allowed to leave Manchester United for another Premier League and Europa League rival. The two parties are currently facing a stalemate with frustration on the player’s side that his career is now slipping with Euro 2020 at the end of the season and his contemporaries playing an intense period of games.