Former Tottenham chief David Pleat has revealed his role in their deal for Dele Alli.
He told talkSPORT: “I had seen a lot of Dele Alli and I was convinced.
“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.
“So, just before the deadline on, I think it was the January, I was going to a game at Luton and it was Daniel Levy [on the phone] and Daniel said to me, 'This boy Alli, we hear he's going to have a medical or he's going to talk to Villa and to Newcastle. What do you think?'
“I said, 'Mr Chairman, it's a no brainer!' and he said to me, 'Yes, but they want £5m for him.'
“I said, 'Chairman, it's a no brainer. I would take him at £5m, you can't lose on him. If we are sympathetic, if we encourage him, I've got every hope for this particular boy,' and of course he took my advice."