Transfer Bin: Spurs and England star to AS Monaco

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Speculation has linked Kyle Walker with a move to moneybags Monaco, but would the right back really leave the Premier League?

23 year old Walker, who has made the right full back spot in the Spurs team his own in recent years, is now reportedly a target for Monaco. The Ligue 1 side are actively looking for a new right back, with Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna also a rumoured target, as his contract at the Emirates Stadium will expire in the summer.

Any move for Walker is unlikely to happen for a number of reasons. Firstly, Walker signed a new contract at White Hart Lane in October, which will keep him at Spurs until 2019. With no pressure to sell the former Sheffield United prodigy, Monaco would have to offer a ludicrous amount of money, likely an amount that would far exceed Walker's true worth on the market. Whilst the Monegasque side have plenty of cash to spend under the ownership of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, they should still be careful with their money, and overpaying for a player like Walker - who, whilst good, isn't a world beater - would be bad business.

Additionally, it's rare to see English players move abroad. This primarily because the national team primarily features players in the Premier League, and players who leave the country aren't in the eye of the manager as much. With the World Cup approaching, Walker will want to not only nail down his spot in Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad that will travel to Brazil, but even earn a starting role ahead of Liverpool's Glen Johnson. A move to Monaco would potentially do his international career more harm than good, with a lower standard of competition likely to play into Hodgson's thinking.

Walker is just 23, and whilst the lure of a big contract and a move to the affluent French Riviera may seem too much to turn down, he has a long time left in football to be chasing big pay days, and should interest focus on his progression with Spurs and the national team. He has made a commitment with Spurs, and at this stage in his career it is unlikely he will go back on that.

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