Kyle Walker-Peters appears to have suggested that he would be interested in leaving Tottenham Hotspur to join Southampton permanently this summer by telling the Daily Echo that St Mary’s would not be a bad place to be.
Walker-Peters left Spurs for the south coast during the January transfer window. He has, so far, made just one appearance for the club, but he has recently returned from a short spell on the sidelines due to injury.
There looks to be a real opportunity for Walker-Peters to establish himself as the first choice for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, with Cedric Soares leaving the club in January.
The Daily Echo reports that the Saints do not have an option to make his move permanent. But Walker-Peters has hinted that he would be open to extending his stay beyond his loan spell.
“Even if there isn’t an option if the club really want me, then they will go out and speak to Tottenham to try and get me,” he told the Daily Echo.
“We will see what happens at the end of the season.
“I am really enjoying it at the moment and I feel like I’m improving and developing.
“It wouldn’t be a bad place to be, but we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”
It does appear that Walker-Peters would face a tough fight getting into Spurs’ plans should he return to his parent club.
He played once under Jose Mourinho. And some Tottenham fans may argue that it is telling that he also struggled to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans on a regular basis.
Of course, an inspired loan spell may change things. But it would be no surprise if Tottenham felt that a good spell simply made a permanent move to Southampton more likely.
There is a long time to go this season. But it does appear that a permanent switch may prove to be best for all parties if Walker-Peters impresses for Hasenhuttl’s side.