It’s thought that the 25-year-old dynamo, who was once on the books at the Lilywhites, is pushing to secure a move away from the south coast after stalling over a new deal.
It’s also suggested that Spurs are keeping tabs on the situation as he seems unlikely to extend his £20k-per-week contract at St Mary’s Stadium.
Whilst it remains to be seen how much the Saints would want or if they would even sell him before the expiry of his deal in 2025, Walker-Peters would still receive a very welcome return at Hotspur Way, given their needs.
It’s very apparent that Antonio Conte is in the market for a new right wing-back as the club have persistently been linked with a move for Sporting CP star Pedro Porro but reports indicate that he will not leave the Portuguese giants unless his £36.7m release clause is paid.
Spurs are also towing a very fine line the homegrown registration quota in the English top-flight, so adding another foreign talent could be a risk that comes back to bite them in the future, particularly with Harry Winks and Joe Rodon away on loan.
Walker-Peters very much solves both problems as he’d command less than the near-£40m quoted for Porro, you’d imagine, and he came through the academy at Hotspur Way, having made his first-team debut for the club in 2017.
The young dynamo has been one of the few bright sparks for Southampton in what has been a pretty dismal season so far, not only displaying an immense versatility to play on both flanks but excelling on the ball, where he ranks within the top 3% of all full-backs across Europe for dribbles per 90.
Therefore, Conte could be wiser for making a January swoop for the “outstanding talent” – as once described by Danny Higginbotham – as he can kill two birds with one stone, finding his new homegrown right wing-back.