Noel Whelan claims it would be “strange” if Tottenham were to sell Harry Winks to Manchester City.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, Whelan delivered his verdict as it was reported Pep Guardiola’s side were preparing a bid for the 23-year-old.

The Sun reported that Tottenham would only be willing to let the England international go for a fee in excess of £40m.

Winks signed a new five-year deal with Spurs last summer but his place could be under threat after the signing of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Asked by Football Insider whether Tottenham selling Winks to City would make sense, Whelan said: “I just find it a bit strange.

“You’ve got a very good young player whose come through the ranks at the club and done nothing wrong really.

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“He looks very comfortable on the ball and not out of place in the Premier League and he had a break into the England set up.

“You’d think a club like Tottenham, especially after not getting the best out of Ndombele, he’s the sort of player you’d need at the football club.

“Harry Winks has got a great attitude, quality on the ball, work ethic and he’s only going to get better.

“I find it strange that a club would be selling to a rival, a good English based player.

“If Man City want to buy him you have to question are you doing the right thing in selling him?”

After joining the club as a six-year old, Winks made his debut at the age of 18 in November 2014.

He has made 135 appearances for Tottenham scoring twice.

He has six England caps and grabbed his first international goal against Kosovo in November last year.

In other Tottenham news, Paul Robinson believes 28-year-old star may quit the club after new signing nears.