David Ornstein has dropped an update on the future of former Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker-Peters.
In a recent article for The Athletic, the transfer insider revealed that, following an impressive campaign with Southampton last time out, Ralph Hasenthuttl’s side are now planning for life after the 25-year-old – with Saints having already explored a deal for Nottingham Forest-bound Neco Williams, as well as being admirers of Manchester United’s Brandon Williams, Feyenoord’s Marcus Pedersen and Manchester City’s Issa Kabore.
Ornstein goes on to state that, despite their financial difficulties, Everton are very much interested in a move for the England international, while both Manchester United and Arsenal are also believed to have the full-back on their shortlist of potential right-back targets this summer.
Finally, The Athletic journalist revealed that, as part of the deal that saw Walker-Peters secure a £12m move to St. Mary’s back in August of 2020, Tottenham are believed to possess a £30m buy-back clause for the defender – suggesting that, should Daniel Levy’s pursuit of Djed Spence fall through, Spurs could well be tempted to activate their option to resign the two-cap international this summer.
While it is true that spending £30m on a player who came through the Tottenham academy would come as a bit of a kick in the teeth to Levy, considering just how well Walker-Peters has developed during his time on the south coast, it is undeniable that, should a deal for Spence fall through, the 25-year-old would make a fantastic addition to Antonio Conte’s side.
Indeed, over his 32 appearances for Southampton last season, the £25m-rated talent was in fantastic form for Hasenhuttl’s side, helping Saints keep six clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.8 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 1.3 clearances and winning 6.1 duels – at a success rate of 58% – per game.
The £50k-per-week defender – who is also comfortable operating on the left – also posed a serious threat going forwards, scoring one goal, registering two assists and creating five big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 0.8 shots, making 0.8 key passes and completing 2.0 dribbles per fixture.
Furthermore, according to FBref, the former Spurs starlet also ranks in the top 4% of full-backs in Europe’s big five leagues and European competitions for progressive carries per 90, as well as the top 6% for dribbles completed, the top 7% for touches in the opposition penalty area, the top 21% for shots and the top 26% for progressive passes over the last 365 days.
As such, with it being evident that Walker-Peters is a versatile, attack-minded and Premier League-proven right-back, Ornstein’s claim that Fabio Paratici could bring the 25-year-old back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at a cost of £30m is sure to have left the Spurs faithful buzzing.
Indeed, not only would it be extremely satisfying to see the England international finally given a chance to shine in north London, but with both Manchester United and Arsenal believed to be keen on the defender, Tottenham stealing him away from two of their top-four rivals would also be incredibly pleasing for supporters.