By Alan Hutton

15th Sep, 2021 | 6:00pm

Tottenham 'crying out' for Winks upgrade after big-money Times update - Hutton

Tottenham may struggle to find a suitor willing to meet their £40million valuation of Harry Winks, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the north London side’s midfield is “crying out” for someone more creative than the 25-year-old.

On Monday (September 13th), The Times claimed Tottenham are willing to part with the 10-cap England international next summer – if they can receive £40million.

The report also suggested Aston Villa and Everton made approaches for the midfielder in the summer window.

However, the clubs are said to have baulked at Daniel Levy’s demands.

Winks has played just 61 league minutes this season and has failed to live up to early promise which saw him debut for England at 21.

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Hutton speculated on whether Winks is a player capable of providing opportunities for attacking talent such as Heung-min Son and Harry Kane.

“£40million, wow, that’s a lot of money,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I think he’s very tidy as a player, moves the ball about well – even if a lot of it is side to side.

“I’d be interested to see who is willing to pay £40million.

“It’s no slight on him, I do think he is a good player.

“The way Tottenham play, they are crying out for someone a bit more creative to set the likes of Kane, Son, Bergwijn, etc. on their way.

“You just wonder if Winks is that player.

Winks made just 15 Premier League appearances last season.

He is a graduate of Tottenham’s youth system and made his first-team debut in the Europa League in 2014.

In other news, Gabby Agbonlahor has backed this Tottenham star for a return to the team after an intervention from Levy.