By Noel Whelan

9th Oct, 2021 | 9:00pm

Newcastle tipped to swoop for Winks in January after Times update - pundit

Newcastle United could move for Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks in January, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 25-year-old would encounter “too much competition” for minutes at interested clubs Everton and Aston Villa.

As reported by the Times (October 6th), Spurs midfielder Winks wants a loan move away from the north London side in order to get some first-team action under his belt.

The report claims Brighton, Everton and Aston Villa all expressed interest in signing the England international during the summer window.

Winks’ contract at Tottenham expires in 2024, with a recruitment source telling Football Insider that the Lilywhites value him at around £30million.

Whelan insisted the midfielder could “help” Newcastle in the second half of their season as they look to survive in the Premier League following their mega-money takeover.

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“Newcastle might want someone like Harry Winks,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“If Winks wants to play 90 minutes week in, week out then he needs to look elsewhere to make sure he’s a guarantee in the team.

“Everton and Aston Villa have just got too much competition in the squad – he may as well stay at Tottenham.

“But it’s something Newcastle will be looking at. They’ll be looking at what positions they need and who’s available.

“They could get Winks in on loan to help them until the end of the season without paying a penny. They can also look towards making the deal permanent.”

Newcastle’s £305million Saudi-backed takeover was completed on Thursday (October 7th), making the Tyneside club one of the world’s richest.

On the pitch, their fortunes are much bleaker after picking up just three points from seven Premier League games.

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