By Harry Sykes
Andy Carroll is closing in on a January transfer to Swansea – and Tottenham fans gave their thumbs up the midfielder leaving.
New Swans manager Paul Clement admitted on Thursday afternoon his club were in discussions with the London club about a deal for Carroll.
Given that managers rarely talk about a transfer publicly unless the deal is all but done, it is a clear signal that the move is close.
The Spurs academy product, 24, signed a new three-year contract in the autumn but that now appears to have been a device to get a higher transfer fee from his sale.
Carroll has been demoted well down the club’s pecking order this season, with fellow youth-team graduate Harry Winks leapfrogging him to join senior trio Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier in the battle for the pivotal central midfield slots.
Spurs supporters believe that Carroll has not built upon the promise that he showed when he first broke into the team and that he has been superceded by the links of Winks.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Alf Love (@alf_love47) January 13, 2017
— Madi (@Wokawoka40Flip) January 12, 2017
Looks like Tom Carroll is leaving Spurs 🙁 This makes me sad. Truth is Wanyama, and Winks’ emergence have left little minutes for him #coys
— Che Thomas (@Temlekin) January 12, 2017
Bidding war for tom Carroll. Who knew ? ?#coys
— TAS (@coys100) January 12, 2017
We should swap Payet with Tom Carroll #COYS
— Spurslife (@michaelpedley) January 12, 2017
Former Derby boss Clement has admitted that Swansea are keen to re-sign the player who had a successful loan spell at the Liberty Stadium in the 2014-15 campaign.
“There’s an interest there,” Clement said. “The clubs are in talks.”
It has been reported that Swansea are set to pay £8million for Carroll, who has made just three of his 56 total Spurs appearances this season.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted on Thursday that Carroll needs to be playing regular football as he enters the peak years of his career.
The midfielder is not expected to be in the Spurs side that returns to Premier League action on Saturday when they host West Brom at White Hart Lane.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.