Noel Whelan has suggested that Tottenham’s rumoured interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso could be a sign that Harry Winks’ time at his boyhood club is about to be up.
Tolisso has fallen down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena, with the midfielder having made just two appearances in the Bundesliga so far this campaign.
The 27-year-old was linked with a move to Spurs during the summer transfer window, with the possibility of a swap deal with Tanguy Ndombele being mooted.
Calciomercato reported last week that the French international has decided not to renew his contract with Bayern, which runs out next summer, and that Fabio Paratici has made contact with the player’s entourage over a move to North London.
It has also been reported over recent days that Spurs are eyeing a move for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, who is also set to be a free agent at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Winks’ future at Spurs is shrouded in doubt, with Aston Villa and Everton thought to be eyeing moves for the 25-year-old.
Whelan believes Winks could be the casualty if Tottenham strengthen their midfield ranks in January.
When asked about the Lilywhites’ approach for Tolisso, the former Leeds striker told Football Insider: “Would that mean an exit for Harry Winks? A way out of the club? Possibly.
“If another midfielder comes in then January is going to be busy in that midfield area for Tottenham with Dele Alli, Harry Winks and a new one coming in.
“Winks is still a great footballer, still a good edge and with the best football in front of him. Things have taken a bit of a turn for Harry.
“It’s probably not the direction that he thought he was going to be going in when he first burst onto the same.”
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It did appear as if Winks was on his way out of the club in January had Nuno stayed, with the midfielder making just one appearance in the Premier League under the Portuguese coach.
However, both Winks and Dele have potentially been thrown one final lifeline with Conte’s arrival, although it appears unlikely that the Italian will count on either of them.
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