In the summer of 2021, Dele made a unique move from Tottenham to Everton. The midfield player arrived at Goodison Park on a free transfer, but the Toffees owed Spurs £10 million if the former England international made 20 appearances for the team.
The 27-year-old has played in just 13 games for Everton as of right now, and over the past few months, a lot of reports have suggested that the Merseysiders are attempting to renegotiate the terms of the agreement with the Lilywhites (Liverpool Echo).
Kevin Thelwell, the director of football at Everton, has already contacted Tottenham in an attempt to renegotiate the deal, as The Telegraph reported last month.
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As of right now, there is no sign that the negotiations between the two teams have made any progress or that Spurs are willing to concede.
Dyche has hinted that Dele will likely be available for selection sooner rather than later, so it does seem like he is getting close to making a comeback.
Speaking to The Daily Mirror, the Everton manager stated of the midfield player, “He is going well.” Though the freedom to come and participate with us is still not there, he is back on the grass practicing football drills with the coaches of fitness and sports science.
Ideally, he will gradually become more integrated into the first team squad over the course of the next week. Getting back on board with us would be very satisfying for him, as he has been very unlucky. He still has a ways to go because he has been away for a while and needs a game program.
He was very unfortunate with the damage that was done the last time, which was about 12 or 13 weeks ago, when he was scheduled to join us. Fortunately, though, things are starting to calm down and he is in good health. When I saw him earlier, he confirmed that he was feeling fantastic.
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After Everton informed the independent commission looking into their financial rule violation that the North London team took advantage of their circumstances to underpay for Richarlison, any chance Everton had of persuading Spurs to make a concession on the Dele deal was probably gone.