Tottenham Hotspur fans are well aware of the players who are linked to join the club during the January transfer window and the one major departure — Christian Eriksen. But there are still a bunch of Spurs players who are still linked with a departure from North London yet this week, either on a permanent basis or on loan.
Two of those players are fullbacks, and according to the Evening Standard, both of them are linked with loans to other Premier League clubs. Dan Kilpatrick writes this morning that both Kyle Walker-Peters and Danny Rose look likely to complete loan signings within the league before the window closes.
Walker-Peters has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace, either temporarily or permanently, for a while now, and while Palace remain in the mix, the Standard is reporting that he’s set to decide between the Eagles and Southampton as a destination, with both holding interest.
We wrote about Newcastle’s interest in taking Danny Rose last week — he would effectively serve as a replacement for Jetro Willems, Toon’s on-loan right back who suffered a season-ending knee injury a couple of weeks ago. Bournemouth and Watford are also apparently interested. Should he accept the loan it would be a pretty significant about-face for Rose, who previously said he was planning to see out his contract at Spurs. But he has been left out of Jose Mourinho’s squads for the past four matches, and there’s clearly something going on. Mourinho has even made it clear in press conferences, saying that leaving Rose out of the match day squads was his decision based on his past performances.
Kilpatrick notes that Tottenham would prefer to sell both Walker-Peters and Rose permanently, but are willing to send them off on loan with an option to buy. Really, it makes a ton of sense — both of these players feel like they have something to prove and probably won’t get minutes anyway at Tottenham this season. If they do well on loan, it will make it easier for Spurs to get something for them this summer.