Tottenham have reportedly slapped a £25 million asking price on Harry Winks amid interest from Newcastle United and Southampton.
Harry Winks looks set to be on his way out of Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in his career, with a £25 million price tag slapped on the English midfielder’s head. That is according to Daily Mail, who also claim that Newcastle United and Southampton have expressed early interest in the 26-year-old midfielder.
A product of the Tottenham academy, Winks first burst onto the scene during the 2016/17 season and thrived under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino. The Englishman quickly established himself as a mainstay at the club and even earned ten caps for his country, impressing the onlookers with his passing ability, leadership qualities, and work rate.
Since then, Winks has made 203 competitive appearances for the Tottenham, directly contributing to 11 goals. Once dubbed to be a future England captain, Winks is one of several Spurs players who have failed to kick on since Pochettino departed in 2019, and has endured quite a fall from grace.
He has seen little regular first-team action at the club in recent seasons, with Jose Mourinho and later Nuno Espirito Santo both preferring other midfield options over the agile midfielder. And while he did receive some significant playing time at the start of Antonio Conte’s Tottenham tenure, Winks has struggled to contend for the starting spot following Rodrigo Bentancur’s January arrival, falling down the pecking order.
At 26, Winks needs regular minutes under his belt to get his career back on track, and the upcoming summer transfer window could be a pivotal one for both the player and Tottenham, who will look to recoup a sizable transfer fee with just two years left on his deal.
It is understood that bids in the region between £25 million should be enough to convince Spurs to part ways with the prized midfielder as Conte looks to overhaul his squad ahead of next season. Despite the lack of game-time, there seems to be no shortage of suitors looking to offer the Tottenham midfielder the opportunity to revitalise his career, with Newcastle and Southampton touted as two potential destinations.
The Magpies will do some proactive business this summer, but Eddie Howe has ruled out monster spending and instead wants Newcastle to do smart business, making Harry Winks a potential target for a cut-price deal.
Winks has been on their radar for the last couple of windows and could flourish at Newcastle under a manager like Howe, who can help him regain his lost confidence. Having said that, there is already stiff competition for midfield places at Newcastle following Joelinton’s re-birth as a box-to-box midfield dynamo.
Furthermore, the Magpies have just extended midfielder Sean Longstaff’s St. James’ Park stay for three more years. The 24-year-old Newcastle academy graduate has similar stylistic traits to Winks, making this rumour a non-starter. Southampton, on the other hand, could be an interesting option James Ward-Prowse linked with a move away from St Mary’s.