By Wayne Veysey

17th Nov, 2020 | 12:00pm

Spurs star with 8 starts this season set to push for shock January exit - Sources

Harry Winks is likely to ask for a shock Tottenham exit in January if he fails to win back his place in Jose Mourinho’s first-choice team.

The 24-year-old has opened up about his “difficult” situation at Spurs and how it may threaten his chance of making the cut for the England squad at next summer’s delayed Euro 2020.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider the club are braced for the possibility of Winks pushing for a mid-season move, either permanently or on loan.

It remains to be seen if Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy are willing to let go the 24-year-old, especially as the congested fixture schedule means big squads are likely to be even more valuable in the second half of the campaign.

Winks initially slipped down the pecking order when Mourinho took over as manager a year ago.

But Moussa Sissoko’s knee injury in January allowed him to force his way back to be a first choice for the second half of last season.

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The summer signing of Pierre-Emile Hjojberg has seen Winks sidelined to back-up midfielder role this season.

The Spurs academy product has started eight matches among nine appearances in all competitions, but only three of his starts have been in the Premier League and none since September.

Hjojberg is clearly Mourinho’s preferred anchorman, with Sissoko and the transformed Tanguy Ndombele making up the first-choice midfield.

Winks and Giovani Lo Celso have become Thursday night regulars in the Europa League and substitutes in weekend Premier League matches.

Winks, who was linked with Man United last season, has made eight England appearances but was a second-half substitute in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium in what was the strongest XI Gareth Southgate had available.

In other news, Joe Lewis has given the green light for “mammoth” Tottenham deal as contract set to be signed before January window opens.