Southampton are now confident that they will be the ones to win the race to sign Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker-Peters, with the Daily Mail reporting that they are close to agreeing a deal for the youngster.
Walker-Peters has been linked with a move away from Spurs for much of the window. As reported by the Mail, Crystal Palace and West Ham United have also taken a look at the 22-year-old.
The defender has looked promising whenever he has been given a chance in the Tottenham side. However, he has been unable to secure a regular spot in the first-team.
And it appears that he could now be on the verge of sealing a move away.
The Daily Mail reports that the Saints are closing in, with discussions continuing over whether the loan will include an option or obligation to buy for £12 million at the end of the season.
It looks to be a shrewd move from Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men. Cedric Soares is currently injured and Yan Valery’s form has been inconsistent since he emerged into the senior side.
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Spurs fans would be forgiven for wondering if their club may be about to make an error.
A loan move looks to make a lot of sense. But leaving the door open for a permanent exit could prove to be a real gamble.
Walker-Peters is potentially set for his first prolonged run of first-team football in his career should he move to the south coast.
He may show why Jose Mourinho has barely used him since arriving earlier this season. Or he may display the kind of form that highlighted why the supporters had such high hopes for so long.
Leaving themselves powerless to prevent a permanent exit therefore, may be a risk.
But the initial loan move certainly looks to be a good piece of business for all concerned.