At the end of the the 2015 January transfer window, Spurs bought Dele Alli from MK Dons and loaned him back for the remainder of the campaign.
Alli played plenty more football for MK Dons and then joined Spurs in the summer before breaking into Mauricio Pochettino’s team and wowing the football world.
A report in The Independent today confirms that Spurs are planning to do something similar in the January transfer window.
Pochettino and his staff are now eyeing three players from the lower leagues and could well loan all of them, or at least two of them back for the remainder of 2015/2016.
1. Moussa Dembele. Fulham. 19. The French striker should not be confused with his namesake, the Spurs midfielder. This Dembele is fast and with an eye for goal with Spurs in negotiations with the Cottagers for a few weeks now. Due to Fulham’s transfer ban they are reticent to make a deal now but with Spurs needing back-up for Harry Kane and Dembele out of contract at the end of the season, he could move permanently to Spurs.
2. Ademola Lookman. Charlton. 18. A left winger with real speed and trickery. Lookman is being tracked by other big Premier League sides including Manchester City and Everton. With just 18 months on his deal at Charlton, an offer of four million pounds is expected to be enough.
3. James Maddison. Coventry. 19. A central midfielder that has been consistently watched by Spurs in recent months. Particularly by former Spurs boss and now scout, David Pleat. Maddison is considered to be a player in the mould of Alli with Coventry hoping to hold onto him at least until the end of the season to aid their promotion push.
The targets are Moussa Dembele at Fulham, James Maddison at Coventry and Ademola Lookman at Charlton. Like Alli, it's buy now, play later.
— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) January 27, 2016