The Times have revealed that Everton showed interest in Harry Winks earlier this summer but eventually decided not to push ahead with a move for the Tottenham midfielder, while there has been no other serious interest from England.
After reportedly being frustrated in their efforts to offload fringe players earlier in the window (Daily Mail), Tottenham are finally starting to have some success in doing so over the last week.
Giovani Lo Celso has returned to Villarreal on loan while Tanguy Ndombele appears to be closing in on a move to Napoli on an initial loan deal with an option to buy.
Fabrizio Romano took to social media on Thursday to reveal that Fabio Paratici is also working on trying to find a move for Winks.
The 26-year-old was mooted to be a target for the likes of Everton (Liverpool Echo), Southampton (Standard), Leicester City (Daily Mail), Crystal Palace (Sami Mokbel on Last Word On Spurs) and Leeds United (Liverpool Echo) earlier this summer but none of those moves have materialised so far.
The Times have now claimed that Everton did explore a deal for Winks earlier in the transfer window but the Toffees changed their mind about pursuing the Spurs star.
The report claims that Frank Lampard did his homework on the England international and decided that he did not want to bring him to Goodison Park. Everton were also reportedly not willing to meet Tottenham’s £20m valuation of the midfielder.
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The report added: ‘There has been no other serious interest in this country and he has been offered to clubs in Spain and Italy.’
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I am sure Winks would have had other offers from the Premier League apart from Everton. I suspect the England international is being quite choosy in terms of where he wants to go, which might be why Spurs have not been able to offload him yet.