Manager admits there were a number of clubs keen on Spurs defender

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Dom Le Roy

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has expressed his delight at signing Kyle Walker-Peters on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Tottenham Hotspur full-back moves to St Mary’s after failing to hold down a regular first team place in North London despite starting the first three Premier League matches of the campaign following the departure of Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid.

Hasenhüttl admitted that there were a number of clubs interested in securing the services of the England Under-21 international, with the player deciding instead on a move to the south coast.

The 22-year-old had started just one match following the arrival of Jose Mourinho, which came in the weakened side that he fielded in the Champions League trip to Bayern Munich in December.

Crystal Palace were said to be one of the clubs keen to bring in Walker-Peters, but have lost out to Tottenham’s FA Cup fourth round opponents (Football.London).

Hasenhüttl told the official Southampton site: “I am very pleased to have Kyle with us for the rest of the season. He is a talented young player, with good defensive and attacking qualities.
“It was clear this month that we could use additional support in the full-back positions, and Kyle was exactly the profile of player I was hoping we could bring in.
“He will be a good addition to our squad, and we are pleased that he has chosen to join us ahead of a number of other clubs who were interested in signing him.”

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