Premier League rivals Southampton and Crystal Palace are reportedly eyeing a summer swoop for Tottenham and England midfielder Harry Winks.
The 26-year-old has made 198 appearances for Spurs, scoring five times, but he looks certain to be offloaded this summer as Antonio Conte looks to reshape his squad and also raise funds for new additions.
A report in the Daily Star claims that Winks is no longer in Conte’s plans. To that end, the north London club are willing to sell the player – if the right offer comes along.
Tottenham’s current first-choice central midfield duo Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and January signing Rodrigo Bentancur has been outstanding as a partnership in recent weeks, with Spurs getting their top-four hopes back on track.
Conte will also have Oliver Skipp to call upon soon. Indeed, the injured star was often preferred to Winks when fit.
The Italian chief is a big fan of Skipp’s abilities, with the young midfielder having a better range of passing than Winks and more bite to his game.
However, that will not stop Conte looking to strengthen the spine of his team with another centre-back, central midfielder and striker this summer.
But to do that there are expected to be several outgoings first, with Winks among them.
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Southampton have a long-running interest in the player. Indeed, a recent report suggested that a swap deal could be on the cards, with full-back Valentino Livramento heading to north London.
Palace, meanwhile, are also admirers and have already started planning for next season.
They are fully aware that a permanent deal for on-loan Chelsea ace Conor Gallagher is looking increasingly unlikely.
And Eagles chief Patrick Vieira wants to alternative realistic options lined up when Gallagher heads back to Stamford Bridge.
Winks, who is a boyhood Spurs fan, would welcome the chance for regular game time. Indeed, he has made just 14 Premier League appearances this season.
Another club linked with the player in January were Newcastle. However, the cash-rich Toon are said to have ended that interest and will turn to other targets instead.