Everton are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur to sign Harry Winks, with boss Frank Lampard keen on making the midfielder the eighth Spurs player to move to Goodison Park to date.
Lampard is desperate to bolster his engine room this summer as he bids to guide the Blues up the Premier League table. The Chelsea legend only marginally led the Toffees to safety last season, with the Merseyside natives finishing the campaign four points from the drop.
Nine players featured in deep-lying and central midfield roles for Everton during the recent campaign, as well. Lampard will also lessen his depth in the area after the Toffees released Fabian Delph ahead of his contract expiring. They are also open to offers for Andre Gomes.
Everton are in talks with Tottenham over signing Lampard’s target, Winks
Now, the Liverpool Echo report Everton are in talks with Tottenham over signing Winks as one of Lampard’s targets. The Toffees boss has identified the 26-year-old as an option who could improve his central ranks, having long sought to bolster the area since taking charge.
Winks is open to moving to Merseyside, having fallen out of favour in north London since Antonio Conte arrived. He played in 19 Premier League games during the 2021/22 season, yet started just eight of his 17 outings under the Italian for only a combined 845 minutes.
Talks between Everton and Tottenham over Winks’ transfer are still at an early stage, but all parties hope to agree a deal. Spurs will not stand in the 10-cap England international’s way should they receive an attractive proposal, with at least three further top-flight clubs keen.
The Telegraph cite Tottenham as slapping a £20m asking price on Winks, after telling their academy product he can leave. Additionally, the Daily Mail cite Crystal Palace as one of the interested clubs and previously cited Newcastle United and Southampton as landing spots.
If Everton’s talks with Tottenham win out and Lampard signs Winks, the midfielder would be Spurs’ eighth player to join the Toffees. So, who else has left north London for Goodison?
Harry Winks to follow Dele Alli in leaving Tottenham for Everton amid talks
Winks joining Everton amid Lampard’s talks with Tottenham will see him reunite with Dele Alli. The Toffees signed the midfielder from Spurs this January after Lampard identified the 26-year-old as one of his targets in talks with Farhad Moshiri over succeeding Rafa Benitez.
Alli was out of favour in north London, having struggled for form since the 2019/20 season. The 37-cap England ace had scored just one and assisted one goal over his last 28 Premier League games. He is still yet to score or create in royal blue in 11 outings, starting just one.
Everton are yet to pay Tottenham anything for Alli after agreeing to hand over £10m after his 20th appearance. The price could eventually reach as much as £40m with further add-ons based on his performances at Goodison over a two-and-a-half-year, £80k-a-week contract.
Aaron Lennon sealed Goodison Park switch after a decade in north London
Everton had not successfully negotiated a transfer with Tottenham in six-and-a-half-years before Lampard signed Alli, and he is now in talks for another with Winks. Before the MK Dons product’s mid-season move, though, it was Aaron Lennon moving up to Merseyside.
The Toffees paid Spurs £4.5m for the winger in September 2015 after he spent the second half of the previous campaign on loan at Goodison. Lennon’s Blues career would last until January 2018 when sold to Burnley after seven goals and five assists in 65 league games.
Steven Pienaar agreed to Everton return one year after joining Tottenham
Steven Pienaar returned to Everton just one year after the South African had left Goodison to join Tottenham. Spurs agreed a £3m fee for the winger in January 2011, but then loaned him back to the Blues the following winter before agreeing on a £4.5m permanent return.
The 62-cap international, now Ajax’s U18s assistant coach, failed to score and offered only two assists in 10 Premier League outings with Tottenham. He would go on to take his Blues tallies to 22 goals and 38 assists in 189 top-flight games before joining Sunderland in 2016.
Everton signed Anthony Gardner on loan from Tottenham in January 2008
Everton signed Anthony Gardner on loan from Tottenham in January 2008, before Hull City acquired the centre-back that summer. The one-cap England ace moved to Goodison as he neared the end of his Spurs career after eight years, following a 2000 move from Port Vale.
Gardner enjoyed 144 appearances across all competitions during his time in north London, yet never featured for the Toffees. David Moyes only added him as an emergency addition on deadline day following Alan Stubbs’ exit and would manage without relying on Gardner.
Simon Davies left Tottenham for brief Everton stint after six years at Spurs
Simon Davies would only have a brief stint at Everton after leaving Tottenham following six years with the club. Spurs bought the midfielder from Peterborough United in 1999 and he would make 143 appearances before sealing a £3.5m transfer to Merseyside in May 2005.
Yet Moyes would sell the 58-cap Wales star to Fulham in January 2007 for £2m after 53 games. The Haverfordwest-born ace only managed one goal and one assist in royal blue.
Vinny Samways was Everton’s first Premier League-era deal from Tottenham
Everton sealed their first Premier League-era transfer from Tottenham for Vinny Samways in 1994. The midfielder had made over 200 appearances for Spurs after graduating from their academy in 1987, but only went on to make 25 with the Toffees before joining Las Palmas.
The Blues sent Samways on loan to Wolves in 1995 and to Birmingham City in 1996 before his switch to Spain that summer. He would go on to add Sevilla, Walsall and Algeciras to his CV before retiring in 2005 as a one-time FA Cup winner with Tottenham during 1991.
Pat Jennings saw out his career at Everton after brief return to Tottenham
Pat Jennings saw out the final months of his career with Everton after leaving Tottenham in March 1986. He would retire later that summer to close out one of the best goalkeeper careers of his time, following a decorated 22 years that featured both north London sides.
The Northern Ireland icon helped both Tottenham and Arsenal win the FA Cup with titles in 1967 and ‘79 respectively. He also lifted the EFL Cup twice with Spurs in ‘71 and ‘73, as well as tasting European success in the UEFA Cup in ‘72 during his 591-game Spurs career.