A recent report from the Sunday Mirror (24/11; page 72) claimed that Kyle Walker-Peters is set to snub the chance to leave Tottenham Hotspur on loan during the January transfer window despite interest from two of their Premier League rivals.
Walker-Peters has struggled for game-time this term. And he would have been forgiven for wanting a move away in the winter.
The Sunday Mirror suggested that both Crystal Palace and Southampton were planning January bids for Walker-Peters. But it was reported that Jose Mourinho’s arrival had seen every player in the Spurs squad secure a clean slate, and he was set to reject the opportunity to leave.
And perhaps that report may inadvertently hand Arsenal a potential transfer boost for the summer.
It was recently reported by TEAMtalk that the Gunners were interested in Saints right-back Cedric Soares, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United.
TEAMtalk’s report suggested that both Arsenal and Wolves were keen to land the Portuguese on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer. But the Hammers were looking to steal a march with a January bid for the defender.
Could Walker-Peters’s stance help Arsenal?
West Ham may currently be favourites for Cedric, but Walker-Peters’s stance may be beneficial for the Gunners.
Southampton will not want to lose Cedric for nothing. But they are in a relegation battle, and they will surely not want to sell the 28-year-old without having a replacement lined up.
And with Walker-Peters set to stay at Spurs, Ralph Hasenhuttl may be more determined to keep Cedric for the season. Of course, he could have other targets lined up. But Walker-Peters could have been a brilliant signing given the quality that he has shown when he has played for Spurs.
And Cedric staying for the season opens the door for his admirers eyeing a move next summer. Arsenal are reportedly one of them. So it will be interesting to see whether Walker-Peters’s decision ahead of January has any impact on where Cedric ends up.