Eddie Howe revealed he twice tried to sign Spurs sensation Dele Alli .
Now an established England international with 20 goals to his name from midfield this season for club and country, Alli started out at MK Dons before Spurs signed him for £5million two years ago at age 18.
“He arrives late in the box, scores all manner of goals from distance, close range and with his head,” said Howe of the 21-year-old, who has again been short-listed by the PFA for the Young Player of the Year award he won in 2016.
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Dele Alli explains how the infamous wave came about
“It’s good to see us produce a player of this type in this country.
“We did look at him, but at that time we felt he was beyond us-money wise and probably club wise with the level we were at.
“We [Bournemouth] were Championship at the time, and we talked about him when we were at Burnley [Howe managed the Clarets from January 2011 to October 2012] as well, but he had gone beyond us quite quickly.”