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MK Dons manager Robinson admits Newcastle United interest in Alli

Dele Alli could be heading to Newcastle United. Credit: PA

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has admitted that Premier League side Newcastle United are interested in signing highly-rated midfielder Dele Alli.

The 18-year-old has attracted considerable interest from the top flight, but some reports have suggested that Newcastle could be about to jump to the front of the queue by tabling a £9million bid.

Robinson says that no official offer has been submitted yet however.

“There’s been a lot of talk over Dele and Newcastle United and certain clubs.

I think it’s a bit more than paper talk but there’s nothing that we’ve heard yet.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons manager

MK Dons swoop for Manchester City hotshot Cole

Devante Cole was on loan at Barnsley earlier this season. Credit: PA

MK Dons have announced the loan signing of highly-rated Manchester City striker Devante Cole.

The 19-year-old, who is the son of former Manchester United forward Andy Cole, will stay at stadium:mk until the end of the campaign.

Cole has already spent time on loan at the Dons' League One rivals Barnsley this season, scoring seven goals in the process.

Devante is the son of former Manchester United striker Andy Cole. Credit: PA

“Devante is a player I’ve wanted to bring to the Football Club for a long time.

He’s an exciting youngster who can play either on the wing or up-front, he’s quick and he knows how to score goals.

He’s held in high regard by Manchester City and the FA, having represented England at all levels from Under-16s to Under-19s, and I can’t wait to work with him for the remainder of the season.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons manager

In other news, Dons boss Karl Robinson has been handed a four-match touchline ban.

It's after he was deemed to have used foul and abusive language towards a Bradford City player in September's defeat.


MK Dons seal move for Rotherham United's record signing Clarke-Harris

Jonson Clarke-Harris has joined MK Dons on loan. Credit: PA

MK Dons have signed Rotherham United striker Jonson Clarke-Harris on a month's loan.

Clarke-Harris is Rotherham's record signing, and has scored three goals in The Championship this season.

The 20-year-old will help to fill the void left by Benik Afobe, who joined Wolves earlier this week.

“He’s an exciting young player who is quick, powerful and knows where the back of the net is – his record backs that up.

He is willing to work hard and will bring another dimension to our attacking options.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons manager

MK Dons set to lose free-scoring Afobe as striker closes in on Wolves move

Benik Afobe is heading for Wolves. Credit: PA

MK Dons look set to lose free-scoring loan striker Benik Afobe, with the Arsenal man likely to complete a permanent move to Championship side Wolves.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has confirmed that they have agreed a fee with Arsenal, thought to be in the region of £2million, and that the forward has undergone a medical.

Afobe scored a brace in the 4-0 win over Manchester United. Credit: PA

Afobe has hit 19 goals for the Dons this season, including a brace in the historic 4-0 win over Manchester United in August's League Cup tie.

Southend United boss Brown lands Manager of the Month award, while MK Dons' Baker is also recognised

Phil Brown has been named as the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for November. Credit: PA

Southend United manager Phil Brown has been named as the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for November.

The Shrimpers picked up maximum points in the month to move up to 5th in the division - just four points behind leaders Wycombe Wanderers.

There was more good news for the club, with winger David Worrall also winning the player award.

Carl Baker has won the League One prize. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, MK Dons midfielder Carl Baker has won the League One prize.

The 31-year-old has been in superb form since joining the club in September, helping the Dons edge closer to the automatic promotion places.


MK Dons manager Robinson apologises to the club's fans after AFC Wimbledon defeat

Karl Robinson was disappointed with his team's display. Credit: PA

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has apologised to the club's fans after his side crashed out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy to rivals AFC Wimbledon.

An 80th minute winner from former Northampton Town striker Adebayo Akinfenwa ensured that AFC Wimbledon recorded a 3-2 win - their first victory over MK Dons since the two clubs formed following Wimbledon's F.C's extinction.

Benik Afobe was on the scoresheet again. Credit: PA

Goals from Daniel Powell and Benik Afobe provided rare bright sparks in a poor display at stadium:mk, and Robinson feels that his team should have done better.

“I thought our fans conducted themselves with real quality at the end of the game.

All I can say is sorry because we’ve lost a game that we class as a derby or a rival game, but it had to happen at some time and it had to happen now.

Maybe this game didn’t mean enough to some of our players and maybe we need to educate them more on that.

I was expecting a bit more from a number of the players but maybe I didn’t give them enough information on how much this game does mean."

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

Elsewhere, Northampton Town did progress to the next round with an impressive 2-1 win over Portsmouth but Luton Town and Colchester United were beaten by Crawley Town and Gillingham respectively.

MK Dons braced for Alli bids despite midfielder signing new contract

Dele Alli is staying at MK Dons..for now. Credit: PA

Highly-rated MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli has signed a new and improved contract with the club.

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest talents in the Football League, and has reportedly attracted interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world.

Liverpool and Bayern Munich are thought to be among his admirers, but Alli has committed his immediate future to the Dons.

The youngster's new deal will run until 2017, but manager Karl Robinson admits that it's unlikely Alli will remain at stadium:mk for that long.

"Dele is an exceptionally gifted player and it was only right that we rewarded him for a fantastic 12 months with this new deal.

Dele will continue to be linked with some of the world’s biggest clubs and it’s inevitable that there will be a time when we will have to let him go, whether that be in January, next summer or whenever. "

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager
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