Rangers were close to signing Harry Winks from Tottenham, says Andy Halliday
Andy Halliday has revealed that Rangers were close to signing Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks on loan in 2016, with the England international even visiting the training ground ahead of a proposed move.
Speaking on Open Goal’s Keeping the Ball on the Ground podcast, the former Ibrox star recounted the tale of when Rangers almost signed Winks before he broke out into the Tottenham first-team under Mauricio Pochettino, with the central midfielder now an established player for the north London club.
Winks was highly rated during his younger years in the Tottenham academy, with Russell Small once comparing the now 25-year-old midfielder to Real Madrid and France legend Zinedine Zidane in an interview with the Daily Mail, and Rangers were seemingly close to acquiring Winks five years ago.
Halliday recalled when asked about Winks’ failed move to Rangers: “I remember doing a warm-up and Harry Winks came in for a day. He didn’t train though. I think everything was agreed and he was coming anyway. He was at the training ground being shown about. He didn’t train. A day later, it didn’t happen. He stayed at Tottenham.”
TBR View: Winks’ development could have benefitted with Scotland loan
Winks broke onto the scene at Tottenham in a big way, starring for the north London club on UEFA Champions League nights against FC Barcelona just two years after the failed loan move to Rangers, yet a short-term move to the Scottish club could have been beneficial to the 25-year-old midfielder.
The Scottish Premiership has proven to be an ideal training ground for young Premier League players to find their feet in the men’s game and to toughen up in the tender years of their footballing development, and for Winks, especially in recent months, could have done with this kind of tough progression looking at the type of midfielder the England international has developed into.
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