Tottenham's Harry Winks is a prime target for Newcastle in January

Tottenham’s Harry Winks is a prime target for Newcastle in the January transfer window… with new boss Eddie Howe desperate to fix the lack of creativity and control in midfield

  • Harry Winks is one of Newcastle’s top targets in the January transfer window 
  • The Tottenham midfielder has been short of regular game time this campaign
  • Winks, 25, has been brought back into the fold under new boss Antonio Conte
  • But he may still leave the club, with competition in Tottenham’s midfield fierce 
  • New Magpies manager Eddie Howe is keen to add creativity to his midfield area 

Tottenham and England midfielder Harry Winks is emerging as a prime January transfer target for Newcastle United.

The 25-year-old was a summer target for Newcastle’s previous regime but they struggled to shift players out to make room in their 25-man Premier League squad.

Winks has been looking to move on to gain more regular game time after being left frustrated under previous managers Nuno Espirito Santo and Jose Mourinho.

Newcastle have made Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks one of their prime targets in January

Spurs boss Antonio Conte has brought him back into the fold but he wants more game time

He had hoped for a loan move to kick-start his career with Everton, Aston Villa and Brighton also among the clubs to show an interest.

Winks has been brought back into the fold by new coach Antonio Conte and that could yet change his outlook as January approaches but there remains fierce competition for places in Tottenham’s midfield.

Newcastle are sorely lacking a controlling, creative influence in their engine room. Though Jonjo Shelvey will be given a chance under Eddie Howe, the position is a priority for their recruitment plans, as well as new defenders and a striker.

And new Newcastle manager Eddie Howe is desperate to add creativity to his midfield ranks

Scouts have been increasingly busy watching targets across Europe since the club’s takeover went through while Howe will also have an input. 

The new manager is keen to have players with Premier League experience who can hit the ground running as his side face a relegation scrap first before they establish realistic ambitions of how they can spend their millions.

Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie is another player under consideration. The USA international has been proposed to Tottenham also and it is understood Juventus could be open to an initial loan deal for the versatile 23-year-old.

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