Valencia have expressed interest to sign Harry Winks on loan - Jose won't get him go without any financial incentive.
Tottenham Hotspur's Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho (R) shakes hands with Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Harry Winks after losing the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first Leg football match between Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London, on February 19, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

According to AS, Valencia have expressed interest to sign Harry Winks on loan. Although Tottenham Hotspur are also open to sanctioning the temporary exit of their English midfielder, they are demanding an additional transfer fee for the move. As a result, there has been no progress regarding the transfer, even though the move pretty much remains open.

Harry Winks’ Steady Decline At Tottenham

Harry Winks initially rose to prominence back in the 2016/17 campaign when his performances in the Premier League and the Europa League raised many eyebrows. He then became a reliable first-team option for Mauricio Pochettino, notably making 26 league appearances during the 2018/19 campaign.

However, the appointment of Jose Mourinho has served as a huge blow for the midfielder. His passing-oriented style of play and a lack of physical nature have made him almost a misfit in the Portuguese’s tactical setup. And although the Englishman did make 31 league appearances last season, it has been quite a different story in the ongoing campaign.

Indeed, Winks has fallen behind the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele in the pecking order this season. It has been reflected in his overall game-time, with the 24-year-old notably featuring in just seven Premier League matches, only five of which were actual starts.

Valencia have expressed interest to sign Harry Winks on loan - He has fallen out of favour.
LEIPZIG, GERMANY – MARCH 10: Harry Winks of Tottenham runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between RB Leipzig and Tottenham Hotspur at Red Bull Arena on March 10, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Will Tottenham Offload Winks This January?

It has been a difficult 12 months for Tottenham Hotspur, who have failed to make the most out of their new stadium due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. It has led to massive problems in the financial department, effectively crippling the club’s activity in the transfer market.

Thus, the departure of fringe players serves as the ideal outlet for Mourinho to boost his budget in this ongoing January transfer window. And that is where the sale of Winks could be useful.

As mentioned earlier, the Englishman has lost his importance in the side, falling down the pecking order in Tottenham’s first-team plans. He is also unlikely to dethrone the likes of Hojbjerg or Sissoko anytime soon, so the Lilywhites could definitely look to sanction his sale this month.

Unfortunately, a loan move to Valencia does not make any sense, especially given that the Spanish outfit is unwilling to pay any transfer fee. It doesn’t bode well for Mourinho at all, who need additional money to fund a move for his January targets. Hence, it remains unlikely that Spurs would want to offload Winks without receiving any financial incentive, either for a loan move or a permanent transfer.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.