By Wayne Veysey

11th Dec, 2016 | 7:03am

Tottenham braced for bid from rival for £10m-rated outcast - report

By Harry Sykes

Swansea are preparing to make a January bid for Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll, according to a report.

The Sun claim that the Wales-based Premier League club are keen to make a move for the 24-year-old midfielder after an impressive loan spell at the Liberty Stadium in the 2014-15 campaign.

It is said that Swansea’s new American owners will make money available in the January window to beef up a team that has struggled in the top flight this season and £10million-rated Carroll is regarded as a realistic target.

Caroll has slipped down the pecking order at White Hart Lane, where he is behind seasoned internationals Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier, as well as fellow Spurs academy graduate Harry Winks.

He has made just four appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season, spread across 241 minutes of first-team action.

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Carroll signed a new three-year contract earlier in the season but that could have been a device to increase his market value.

Football Insider verdict:

Carroll is a fine, technically adept central midfielder who is capable of being a regular at a Premier League club. But not at Tottenham. He is behind too many internationals in the pecking order and the emergence of Harry Winks this season has pushed him even further down the pecking order. The message to the 24-year-old is clear: it is time to move on, sever his ties with his boyhood club and find a new employer where he can be a mainstay of the team. Carroll is treading water at White Hart Lane and needs to kickstart his top flight career before it is too late.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have confirmed they are closing in on a major January signing.