Kevin Phillips insisted clubs will be “queuing up” to sign Harry Winks if the Tottenham midfielder became available in January.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested Everton as a potential destination for the out-of-favour 24-year-old.
Winks did not make the matchday squad for the 2-0 victory over Manchester City yesterday and has not started in the Premier League since September.
Football Insider understands that the London club are braced for the possibility of the centre-midfielder pushing to leave the club on loan or permanently in January.
While on England duty, Winks told Sky Sports that his situation at Spurs is “difficult” and revealed that he fears a lack of first team football could scupper his hopes of playing in next summer’s European Championship.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the England international’s future, Phillips said: “I have always been a big fan of Harry Winks. I like the way he plays football. He is never afraid to get on the ball.
“If he was made available I think there would be many teams queuing up to take Harry Winks.
“Would he dare do make the switch across north London? I could see him in an Arsenal team but it would be a big call. We all saw what happened to Sol Campbell. Is it worth the hassle?
“Someone like an Everton could be good. If they were not to get hold of Isco perhaps Winks could play there.
“There will be a queue of teams looking to sign Harry Winks if he became available.
“I sympathise with him. He never lets the team down when he plays and credit to him, he wants to play football.
“It will be interesting to see if he gets the opportunity to go somewhere.”
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