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Harry Winks is on the verge of moving to Sampdoria on loan as the Italian club confirm an agreement has been reached to sign the Tottenham outcast, who will try to revive his Serie A career.
- Harry Winks has fallen out of favor at Tottenham under boss Antonio Conte
- The England international will be loaned to the Italian club this season
- Carlo Osti confirmed to Italian media that they were about to make a deal
Carlo Osti, a Sampdoria chief, has confirmed that the club are on the verge of signing a deal for Tottenham’s Harry Winks.
Winks, 26, has fallen out of favor with Tottenham and was one of the players Antonio Conte had to train out of the first-team squad as he tried to find an exit for some unwanted stars.
Speaking to Sky Italia, Osti said: “We have an agreement with Tottenham and are finalizing with its agents.
Harry Winks on the verge of being loaned to Sampdoria after falling down the pecking order at Spurs
“We hope to finalize the deal as soon as possible.”
Thus seems to be the end of a saga that has dragged on for much of the summer, with the former England regular uncertain about his future.
Winks came through the Tottenham academy and as such supporters will be disappointed to see him leave but Conte, as a condition of both his arrival last November and his commitment to stay at the end of the season, has been given considerable discretion over the player group.
Winks was hesitant to move abroad, but with time running out, he’s decided to take the plunge
He was initially reluctant to join the Italian side, but when time ran out and it was made abundantly clear to him that he had no place in Conte’s plans, he had to settle for a move to Italy.
The midfielder, who played 10 times for his country, joins Sampdoria during a difficult period for the club.
The Italian side, who are 18th in Serie A, have not scored in any of their three opening games and were hammered 4-0 by a Salernitana side that survived last season at the skin of their teeth.
The former England international was one of the players Conte should have trained away during first-team prep
Winks will try to revive his Tottenham career at the club under manager Marco Giampaolo.
Tottenham, meanwhile, continued their unbeaten start to the league season with a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.
Harry Kane scored twice and tied the score with Andy Cole on 187 Premier League goals, putting Wayne Rooney in the crosshairs of the all-time leading scoring charts.