Southampton have climbed into pole position to sign Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham before the window shuts this month, Football Insider can reveal.

The right-back, 22, will be allowed to leave the Londoners and, as revealed by Football Insider, he held talks last week with Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson and Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Southampton are currently the favourites ahead of Palace to agree a deal for Walker-Peters.

Spurs would rather offload their academy product on a permanent deal than a loan.

As revealed by Football Insider, they are asking for £15million for a player who has made just 24 first-team appearances and last played a Premier League match in August.

He has a contract that has three-and-a-half years remaining.

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The former England Under-21 international accepts his time at his boyhood club is coming to an end and he is now looking to ignite his career at a team where he can hope to play regularly.

Hodgson has admitted he is keen to sign Walker-Peters after Football Insider broke the news that Palace had held extensive talks about recruiting him.

The defender was once again absent from the Tottenham squad for Tuesday’s 2-1 Premier League win against Norwich City.

Walker-Peters has not had a single minute of league action since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, who has started Serge Aurier in every match in the competition.

In other Tottenham news, it can be REVEALED that Daniel Levy is planning a deadline-day transfer swoop for 28-year-old and £12m will seal the deal.