According to Football Insider, Southampton want to make a permanent offer for Kyle Walker-Peters. The right-back, who is currently on loan at the Saints from Tottenham, has only played once since he joined in the January transfer window, but boss Ralph Hassenhuttl is enjoying what he has seen of the 22-year-old defender.
Both teams were trying to agree on a permanent deal for the player in January but talks reportedly broke down. Spurs are said to value the full-back at around £15 million but Southampton did not feel he was worth that price at the time. Indeed, Walker-Peters has only made the squad seven times this season for both clubs so it is understandable to see why the Saints want to lower the asking price.
It is an understandable move for both sides, with Jose Mourinho not naming Walker-Peters once in the squad since he became manager, whilst Hassenhuttl seemingly likes his defence to be able to play out from the back given that Jack Stephens and Jan Bednarek are amongst the top passers in the side (WhoScored), something that could well have been drilled into the right-back when Mauricio Pochettino was manager considering his pendant for performing that way, as noted by the Independent.
If the lessons learned under Pochettino as a youngster translate well into Hasenhuttl’s similar, free-flowing style, then Saints could be getting quite a coup as a long-term replacement for Cedric Soares.
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