By Adefunmiloye Alani

13th Sep, 2021 | 1:10pm

Everton were discouraged from pursuing Winks interest after £40million price tag

Everton were discouraged from pursuing their interest in Harry Winks after Tottenham Hotspur slapped a £40million price tag on him, reports Gary Jacob.

According to The Times journalist, the England international midfielder, 25, opted against pushing for a fresh start elsewhere this summer even though Spurs were open to offers.

Aston Villa were also keen on Winks, but like the Toffees, they had no plans of meeting the demands of the North London outfit.

Impossible

Everton had no £40million to spend during the summer due to the need to adhere to Financial Fair Play rules, and they ended up spending just £1.7million.

That was the amount Demarai Gray cost the Goodison Park outfit from Bayer Leverkusen, with Asmir Begovic, Andros Townsend and Salomon Rondon all arriving as free transfers.

Central midfield did not look like a position manager Rafa Benitez was keen on badly strengthening, and even if it was a priority, he was not likely going to spend £40million on one player.

Everton ended up bolstering their attack, while necessary squad depth was made in goal.

The defence and midfield have remained as they are before Benitez’s arrival, but that is not likely to be a problem till January given the options available.

Winks has featured at Spurs as a deep-lying midfielder, with only two goals and two assists in 111 league appearances to his name.

There is no way on earth he is worth £40million, and the Toffees could have gotten two or three players with that fee were they able to spare it.

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