By George Overhill

22nd Jun, 2022 | 12:06pm

Everton hold talks with Tottenham Hotspur over Harry Winks

Everton have held talks with Tottenham over a potential deal for Harry Winks with all parties “hopeful” of a deal, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The English midfielder is someone manager Frank Lampard wants to improve his midfield options, and although discussions are said to be at an early stage the player is “keen” on the move.

He wants first-team football after falling out of favour since the arrival of Antonio Conte as boss, but there are three other top flight sides interested.

The Telegraph reported earlier this month (7 June) that the Toffees were interested in the 26-year-old and said that he would cost in the region of £20million as he has two years left on his Spurs contract.

According to the Echo, if the right offer is made they would not stand in the way of him leaving the club.

He only made 19 Premier League appearances in North London in the 2021/22 season and has fallen out of international contention of late.

Movement

Although it is known that James Tarkowski is on his way but an announcement is being held off due to the delicate situation with Burnley, transfer progress has otherwise been slow.

Lampard doesn’t have a huge amount to work with at present, unless or until a major sale is made, with star attacking pair Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin the most likely candidates.

There had been suggestions that Winks might be used as part of a swap deal for the Brazilian [Telegraph], but it appears that the club would prefer to keep the situations separate.

Considering the price for the midfield man the manager must rate him highly, as £20million is sure to be a significant proportion of any transfer budget this summer.

But with Donny van de Beek back in Manchester, Fabian Delph on his way out, and the future of Dele Alli still unclear despite some encouraging flashes towards the end of the relegation survival, there are improvements to be made.

Winks’ career has stagnated somewhat in the past couple of years, but if he is simply a victim of circumstance and otherwise can perform at a high level he could be a reassuring presence in the midfield.

Competition looks like it could get hot pretty fast but Everton have the edge of being the player’s preference which is a good sign.