Tottenham transfer bombshell: Bookies suspend betting on mainstay joining PL rivals
By Harry Sykes
Bookmakers have suspended betting on Kyle Walker quitting Tottenham for Manchester City this summer.
Sky Bet have called a halt to their Walker transfer market following a flurry of activity on Tuesday afternoon and evening.
There has been strong speculation for weeks that the Spurs right-back is being strongly pursued by City and has held showdown talks with Mauricio Pochettino about his future.
Bookmakers have made Pep Guardiola’s side odds-on favourites to sign Walker in recent days and Sky Bet are now refusing to take bets on the possibility, as quoted by the fan account City Watch.
Sky Bet have suspended betting on Kyle Walker to Manchester City after a flurry of activity. pic.twitter.com/mhLRXsXP3d
— City Watch (@City_Watch) May 16, 2017
The bombshell will do little to dampen fears among the White Hart Lane faithful that the defender is set for a big-money move to the Etihad Stadium this summer.
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Petrol has been poured on the flames of the speculation through Pochettino demoting Walker to the Tottenham substitute’s bench for five of their last nine matches, including the crucial fixtures against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
The England international’s drop in the pecking order came just weeks after his peers named him in the PFA Premier League team of the season.
Pochettino’s side are next in action when they travel to 2016 champions Leicester on Thursday, ahead of their final match of the season against relegated Hull City on Sunday.
Regardless of the results, Spurs will finish ahead of City, which is regarded as a huge achievement given the spending and resources of the Manchester club.
In other Tottenham news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.