By Harvey Byrne
Manchester City will push forward in their move for Tottenham star Kyle Walker this week, according to a report.
The Mirror has claimed on Tuesday afternoon that the two Premier League clubs will open talks over the coming days as City prepare to sign the 27-year-old.
It is even detailed that the cash-rich club are willing to spend in excess of £40million to land the Premier League ace.
Walker has been heavily linked with a departure from White Hart Lane in recent months after being left out of starting line-up for a number of high profile matches towards the end of the campaign.
A move to Manchester City was also heavily speculated as Pep Guardiola looks to add to his squad’s homegrown quota while also improving it’s back line.
Now, Walker has been at Tottenham since 2009 after agreeing a £9million move from Sheffield United alongside Kyle Naughton.
He has gone on to star in 229 games for the club and has been a key component in Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s recent progression.
However, City are still able to offer higher wages to Walker, who has four years left on his contract in north London and Tottenham may concede defeat in letting the player depart.
Football Insider verdict:
£40million is a good deal for a player who Tottenham picked up for £9million just eight years a go. However, like Gareth Bale all those years a go, Spurs may find that it is harder to replace him despite the money received. Many believe Kieran Trippier is good enough to fill the void, but it also must not be forgotten that Trippier was completely frozen out by Pochettino before unrest grew around Walker with the right-back playing just 11 minutes in the Premier League before January. But, Tottenham are now in the best position they have been in for years in terms of playing recruitment and fans will have faith that Pochettino can find a suitable replacement.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs have made an enquiry for this international midfielder.