By Matthew Shaw

23rd Jun, 2022 | 4:10pm

Everton talks to sign Spurs maestro Harry Winks hit impasse as loan move wanted

Everton talks to sign Spurs midfielder Harry Winks have hit an impasse, according to i News.

The online source has reported that the Toffees would prefer a loan move next season, with the Londoners pushing for any agreement to be for a permanent transfer.

Frank Lampard is looking to improve his midfield with the defence set to be helped by the imminent arrival of James Tarkowski at the start of July.

Writing in their latest column for i News, Sam Cunningham shared the latest developments which could see a move collapse in the near future.

“The club have also been trying to reach an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur to sign Harry Winks, although they are considering several central midfielders of a similar profile,” he wrote.

“Talks for Winks are thought to have reached an impasse, with Everton preferring an initial season-long loan while the north London club are pushing for a permanent transfer. Winks, 26, has two years remaining on his Spurs contract.”

Impasse.

This is not looking good.

Spurs are likely looking to bring in funds to continue a big summer spending spree, with Richarlison said to be of real interest to Antonio Conte.

If they don’t tread carefully, they could really find themselves in a hole with any deal for Richarlison going the other way potentially at risk with how they play this one.

Paul Brown has already reported that the Toffees want straight cash for the Brazilian, so any murmurs of Winks being included in a cash plus swap deal appear to be empty.

Everton aren’t in a position to just throw money at permanent signings, so using the loan market will be a smart way of getting around that due to the tight financial restrictions.

With other midfielders said to be targeted, it looks as though that may be a safer option in the next couple of months before the Premier League gets underway.