Tottenham Hotspur have been told to consider sanctioning a move away for Harry Winks.
Winks was linked with a move to Aston Villa in the summer as Dean Smith ‘s side looked to strengthen their midfield.
In the end Villa concluded the transfer window without signing a new central midfielder but with the emergence of Carney Chukwuemeka and the form of Jacob Ramsey that looks like a shrewd move.
Winks is on the fringes at Spurs and played an hour of the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace ten days ago and was benched for the home loss to Chelsea by the same scoreline on Sunday.
He has so far appeared in the 1-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers and both Europa Conference League qualifying games against Pacos de Ferreira.
It was reported in The Times after that Palace game that potential suitors were put off by Spurs’ £40 million price tag on the player.
Villa’s Premier League rivals Everton had also been linked with a move for Winks, who has ten England caps, with the player under contract at Tottenham until 2024.
Former Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson has told his old side to allow Winks to leave the club and potentially lower their demands for the player.
Speaking to website Football Insider, Robinson said: “Winks needs a break.
“He needs to go to a club week in, week out. If Nuno does not have him as a big part of his plans then he needs to leave and play regularly. Wherever that may be.
“He is a player that I rate very, very highly. I think he gets into most other Premier League teams.
“Winks is never injured, he is always available and is capable of producing seven, eight out of 1ten performances on a weekly basis when he is given a run of games.
“Let’s be honest, £40m is a lot for a player that isn’t getting a game. A player is only worth what another club is willing to pay. I think that price tag will drop significantly because there were obviously no willing buyers at that price in the summer.”