Newcastle identify Spurs star as ‘prime’ January target

Toby Bowles
Winks Newcastle

Newcastle United are considering a January swoop for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks, according to reports.

Newly-appointed manager Eddie Howe is keen to inject some creativity into the midfield, with Newcastle bottom of the Premier League table following Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Brentford.

The board are prepared to sanction £50m of spending in the upcoming window to help avoid relegation, and according to the Mail on Sunday, Winks has been identified as a ‘prime’ target.

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Once a key part of Gareth Southgate’s England set-up, the 25-year-old has struggled for game-time in recent months, making just two Premier League appearances since the start of the season. He said in October: “Listen, I love Tottenham, I’ve always made that clear, but I want to play football.

“The only way to play your best football, get momentum is when you’re playing regularly. Listen, I’m giving my all for the club, of course I am.

“They stuck by me, I stuck by them – and I want to play for Tottenham. But it is difficult when you get matches here and there, confidence is low and you don’t get that run of games. It is difficult.

“Listen, I’m not thinking that far ahead [to January]. I’ve got a lot of games left to go to try and fight for the club. It’s important we all stay in the same mindset, the same thought process and we see.

“There’s a long way to go, still two months to go and it’s about knuckling down, working as hard as I can and having no regrets.”



While recognising that the January window will be important in the context of Newcastle’s season, Howe insists his focus is on the here and now and the immediate challenges in front of him.

“I have been in football long enough to know that looking too far ahead is a waste of energy, a waste of time,” he told Chronicle Live.

“I have always had a style of management that while I look very short-term, I always have an eye on the horizon for what is in the best interests of the football club.

“So there is a long-term view to what we do.

“But I know in this job currently, I would be foolish to take my eye off what is immediately in front of me.”