Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks has emerged as a summer transfer target for Premier League rivals Aston Villa, according to The Telegraph.
The lowdown: Regular minutes hard to come by for Winks
Harry Winks has been with Spurs since 2002, and has gone on to feature for the club’s first-team on a regular basis, since progressing through their academy teams earlier in his career.
But he wasn’t a regular starter last term whilst under the management of Jose Mourinho, with the ten-cap England international only making nine league starts last term.
Winks is contracted with Tottenham Hotspur until 2024, but it appears he may not remain in north London to finish that deal.
The latest: Premier League rivals register interest in Winks
Aston Villa have reportedly registered their interest in signing Winks this summer, although an official bid has not yet been made for his services.
Dean Smith’s side finished 11th in the Premier League last season, with Villa catching the eye with some strong performances in last year’s campaign.
The Aston Villa boss is reportedly looking to bolster his midfield options ahead of the new season, with Winks being among his transfer targets.
The verdict: It could be a smart move for all parties involved
This is a move that could work for all parties involved.
Winks hasn’t been a regular in the Spurs starting XI in recent months, and he could turn out to be a strong signing for another Premier League club, providing they’re able to offer him regular minutes moving forwards.
He’ll be behind the likes of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele in the pecking order at Spurs at this moment in time, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Nuno Espirito Santo look at bringing in new additions this summer.
New managers will usually like to get a few of their own players in straight away, and that could push Winks further down the list in his plans ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
With three years still remaining on his contract with Spurs, they’ll be hoping they can obtain a sizeable fee for his services this summer, and with Villa seemingly on the hunt for a midfielder – they have also been linked with James Ward-Prowse – perhaps this is a win-win for everyone involved.
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