Everton and Aston Villa look like they will once again become embroiled in a battle to sign Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, as Alex McLeish believes the midfielder would ‘enhance’ either side.
Both sides were interested in the midfielder over the summer, but did not want to pay Tottenham’s £40million valuation. However, it seems the sides are once again interested in completing a transfer.
Winks has fallen out of favour at Tottenham, having played only 60 minutes of Premier League football this season.
Clearly not in Nuno Espirito Santo‘s plans, Winks may be better suited moving to another Premier League side.
“I definitely feel that it [a transfer] can enhance the squads of either club,” he told Football Insider.
McLeish also feels Winks may flourish in a new atmosphere. He has not had the opportunities he would have wanted, and has fallen out of favour with England as a result.
“When you go away, you can get your wings free and then do your stuff. Not be under the same intense pressure.”
“Even if it’s to a so-called lesser club, they can come back strong.”
Winks would be afforded the opportunity to revive his career were he to move and gain some playing time. At 25, he arguably still has his best years ahead.. Furthermore, both Everton and Villa are on an upwards trajectory, despite McLeish’s valuation.
Winks keen on January loan
While there has been interest from a number of sides, Tottenham’s £40million valuation meant none pursued a deal.
However, Winks may be keen to leave on lean, so as to not give up on his Tottenham career just yet. This would allow the Englishman to get back into first-team action, and allow a team to bring him on board for no price tag.
Winks is aware of interest from Premier League sides, and getting away from Spurs for a little while may do wonders for his confidence.
Were he to impress, it seems he may be open to a permanent move, despite having only ever played for Tottenham.