According to The Telegraph, Southampton target Kyle Walker-Peters is ‘hoping’ to join Crystal Palace this month.
“There could also be outgoings at Spurs this month, with Kyle Walker-Peters hoping to join Crystal Palace on loan while the club are trying to offload Christian Eriksen this month in order to get a fee for him.”
Well, the Tottenham right-back was believed to be pencilled in for a meeting with Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl this week, while Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson allegedly met with the defender too.
The England U21 international has struggled for game time this season under two managers in Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho, making just three Premier League starts this term as well as one each in the Champions League and the Carabao Cup.
Walker-Peters – a former nominee for the coveted Golden Boy award back in 2017, previously won by the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero – seems to be swaying towards a move to south London rather than the south coast, which will come as a blow to Southampton.
The disappointing Walker-Peters news isn’t the only negative update in Southampton’s transfer plans right now.
Earlier this week, VfL Wolfsburg confirmed the signing of Marin Pongračić from RB Salzburg on a four-and-a-half year contract, putting an end to the chances of the Croatian centre-back arriving at St Mary’s – Sky Sports had reported that he was a long-term target for the Saints.
Elsewhere, another defensive target for Southampton in Barcelona’s Jean-Clair Todibo – who was also of interest to Watford, Bayer Leverkusen and AC Milan according to ESPN – was sent on loan to Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04, again putting an end to his chances of ending up on the south coast of England.
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There are still 14 days left of the window, although these three pieces of negative news presumably won’t be what Southampton wanted to hear.
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