By Noel Whelan

11th Oct, 2021 | 12:00pm

Everton could complete Winks signing in January after newspaper's Tottenham update - pundit

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks should consider a loan move to a bottom-half side if he is to leave in January, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 25-year-old should secure regular first-team football to put himself in the reckoning for an England recall.

As reported by the Times (October 6th), Winks wants a temporary move away from Tottenham in January in order to “kick-start his career”.

The report details summer interest from top-flight clubs Brighton, Aston Villa and Everton – but also claims the midfielder would be open to moving overseas.

Tottenham were open to offers during the summer window, with a recruitment source telling Football Insider that the club value Winks at around £30million.

Whelan insisted the midfielder will want to be in the starting eleven regularly – wherever he goes.

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“I think both Villa and Everton will assess where they are in January,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“Both sides have depth in his position at the moment.

“But you never know, there could be a situation with injury or with form which could mean they go back in and get Winks on a loan deal.

“You can never have enough backup, but Winks will want a loan during which he can play regularly.

“They’ve both got good squads and competition for places at the moment.

“He could be better off going to a team in the lower half of the table if he wants to play 90 minutes week in, week out.

“It wouldn’t do him any harm in the England reckoning.”

Winks has played just an hour of Premier League football this term.

He has made 178 Tottenham appearances since making his debut in 2014.

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