Everton prefer a loan but Premier League club wants £20 million cash for 26 year old target

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Everton have shown some serious interest in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks. He was one of the players on Frank Lampard’s shortlist as the former Chelsea boss scours the market for a ball playing deep lying midfielder.

Lampard wanted a similar profile when he took over the reins at Goodison Park, prompting Everton board to sign Donny Van de Beek on loan from Manchester United. The Toffees lack a deep lying midfielder profile who can rotate the ball. Winks ticks all the boxes and has the skills to operate deep in the midfield.

Spurs are hoping to carry out a midfield clear out after the arrival of Yves Bissouma. Winks has been told that he is free to leave Tottenham. The 26 year old is down the pecking order, playing less minutes than Pierre-Emile Hobjberg, Rodrigo Bentancur and Oliver Skipp last season. Bissouma’s arrival makes it extremely difficult for the English midfielder to have a successful career at Tottenham.

Everton are considered to be the front runners in the chase to sign the Englishman. In fact, the two clubs have had initial talks and a transfer is very much on the cards. With the Merseysiders getting nowhere with their pursuit of Conor Gallagher, Winks remains one of their top midfield priorities.

Everton prefer a loan deal for Harry Winks

Talks have been held and while Everton want to acquire Winks’ services, there’s difference of opinion in the way both clubs want to carry out this deal. According to The Athletic’s Tottenham Hotspur correspondent Charlie Eccleshare, Everton want to bring the 26 year old on loan whereas Spurs prefer a straight transfer for a fee of £20 million.

Perhaps, the Toffees are pushing for a loan deal because of the limited leeway they have with the transfer budget. It is clear that unless Everton make significant sales, they won’t be able to spend big amounts freely.

A sale of Richarlison or Dominic Calvert-Lewin might be the only tangible solution to put the FFP and P&S worries to bed. On the other hand, Spurs would be looking to recover the £25 million spent on Bissouma through the sale of Winks. Antonio Conte’s side have big aspirations and considers Richarlison as one of their main targets for the summer.

It was further stated that since all parties want the move to take place, a compromise may be soon reached. Lampard also likes Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour but so far Everton have not made any advances towards the Scotsman.

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Will a compromise be reached soon between Spurs and Everton for Harry Winks?