Newcastle United manager

Kevin Phillips “could see” Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks joining Newcastle United in January.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that a move to the north east would give the 24-year-old “a real fighting chance” of being selected for next summer’s European Championship.

Winks told Sky Sports that his situation at Spurs is “difficult” and suggested that he may have to leave the club in order to fulfil his ambition of playing in next summer’s European Championship.

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 the winter window.

The Athletic revealed earlier this week that Steve Bruce wants to sign a centre-midfielder having failed in a bid to sign Lille’s Boubakary Soumare last January.

When asked by Football Insider if he could see Winks moving to St. James’ Park on loan, Phillips said: “Definitely. Winks wants to go and play football.

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“Newcastle is a huge, huge club and it is an area that Steve Bruce has been looking at.

“He brought Jeff Hendrick in and he has done a good job for them but Harry Winks is a top player.

Newcastle United midfielder Jeff Hendrick

“I could see that one happening. Maybe the boy would like to get away from London and try somewhere else.

“He could go there, play football and impress. It would give him a real fighting chance of getting in that squad next summer.”

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