According to The Times, Tottenham Hotspur wanted £40m for Harry Winks this summer.
The Lowdown: Winks struggles continued
The midfielder fell out of favour under former manager Jose Mourinho and started for the first time this season in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, when he was replaced by Ben Davies after an hour.
The 25-year-old featured in only 860 minutes of Premier League football across 15 games last season and a move away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium nearly came through in the summer, only for Spurs’ asking price to detract prospective suitors.
The Latest: Clubs walking away
According to a report by The Times, Spurs wanted £40m for the England international and the price tag was the reason why Everton and Aston Villa walked away from pursuing him.
It is thought that Tottenahm’s asking price for the £18m-valued midfielder was too steep for a player who hasn’t played much in recent months.
The midfielder, who earns £91,000 per week, has stayed put at Tottenham for the time being, and after starting over the weekend, he could start featuring more regularly as the season progresses.
The Verdict: Time to move
Previously dubbed “amazing” by his former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, Winks hasn’t featured for England since the 4-0 UEFA Nations League group win over Iceland in November 2020, when he only played 26 minutes.
With an abundance of midfield options for Gareth Southgate to choose from in Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson to name a few, Winks could find it very difficult to break into the England XI even if he is recalled to the national team squad.
Whilst the price tag put on his services isn’t his fault, he either needs to rediscover the form which saw him called up by his country in the first place or else discuss his future with the club so that he can possibly broker a move elsewhere.
In other news, Tim Sherwood has sent an early warning to one Spurs player after a difficult day on Saturday. Find out more here.
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