Leeds United show interest in £20 million Everton target as talks between clubs continue

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks seems to be one of the top priorities in Everton manager Frank Lampard’s list of transfer targets for this summer. The Englishman has been told that he can leave North London as he isn’t in Antonio Conte’s plans.

Everton and Lampard have identified Winks as a player they can acquire this summer and have already opened talks with Spurs. There’s a possibility that Winks could be part of a player plus cash deal for Richarlison, who is understood to be close to joining Tottenham.

There are multiple ways Everton and Spurs can structure the Richarlison deal and the option to include Winks in that deal is not completely written off. However, the Toffees are said to prefer a loan deal instead of a permanent deal. Whereas Spurs want to offload Winks permanently for a fee of £20 million.

The arrival of Yves Bissouma has almost made it certain that Winks will not get much playing time and a way out is his only option if he wants to get regular minutes. The 26 year old is capable of playing as a deep lying midfielder and rotating the ball in the middle.

Everton face competition from Leeds United for Harry Winks

Frank Lampard wants to bring a deep lying midfielder with playmaking abilities after Donny Van de Beek returned to Manchester United after his loan deal expiry. Even though talks continue between Everton and Spurs for Winks, there are other suitors for the Englishman. Sevilla are also understood to hold an interest in the 26 year old.

Now, according to Liverpool ECHO, Leeds United have become latest side to express interest in signing Winks. The Tottenham academy product is valued at £20 million by Daniel Levy but the valuation could certainly drop as we move forward in the transfer window. Leeds manager Jesse Marsch wants to add Winks to the midfield roster as he looks to strengthen the squad in order to avoid a repeat of the relegation battle that ensued last season.

It is understood that despite interest from the English Top Flight sides like Leeds and teams from abroad, Winks prefers a move to Goodison Park. Recently, Tottenham chief Levy and Everton chairman Bill Kenwright were seen having dinner on Monday and transfers between the two sides will surely have been a conversation point during the dinner.

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