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Everton want to sign centre-mid once dubbed “Exciting” by Lampard, available for £15m

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Everton are among the clubs interested in signing Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks in the summer transfer window, according to The Sunday People.

The newspaper reported via their print edition on 29 May (page 55) that Spurs are ready to cash in on the 26-year-old midfielder and want around £15million for him.

It is understood that Winks will be allowed to leave as he’s not in Antonio Conte’s plans in North London and Everton are one of the sides who’ve looked at the central midfielder.

The newspaper adds that Newcastle United, Southampton and Atletico Madrid are also in the hunt to sign the 10-times England international.

Winks’ name isn’t one that will excite most Evertonians.

He’s struggled for game-time at Tottenham recently, playing 30 times in all competitions this season and starting just nine times in the Premier League.

However, Winks is still a player who could come alive when he’s managed by the right man.

Speaking in October 2017 on BT Sport, via HITC, after Spurs played against Real Madrid in the Champions League, Everton manager Frank Lampard waxed lyrical about the potential that Winks showed in that hame.

“I was worried for him first 15 minutes, as he looked to be in there on his own, but very impressive and exciting for us Englishmen,” Lampard said.

Winks’ career hasn’t quite gone on the path that many predicted with his spell at Tottenham certainly hitting a stagnant patch in the last couple of years.

A move away from North London is just what the central-midfielder needs and a move to Everton could reinvigorate his career.

Everton definitely need to sign a new central midfielder or two this summer while there are also holes in other areas of the squad that need to be addressed by Lampard.

But in Winks, they’d be getting player who’s not only English and on the verge of hitting his prime at the age of 26, they’d also be getting someone who Lampard is aware of and who could definitely do a job on Merseyside.