By Craig Scott

27th Aug, 2021 | 6:30am

Leeds United turn down chance to sign Tottenham ace Harry Winks

Leeds United have turned down the chance to sign Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks this summer, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.

Writing on The Athletic’s website, the former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist reported that Spurs offered Leeds the opportunity to agree a loan deal for the 25-year-old England international.

Leeds have wanted a new central midfielder this summer and missed out on Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher, who joined Crystal Palace on loan, while a fee cannot be agreed with Huddersfield for Lewis O’Brien.

Hay wrote: “There are other players out there — a source in London told The Athletic that Leeds turned down an approach offering them Harry Winks on loan from Tottenham Hotspur — but [Marcelo] Bielsa’s comments last week were as good an indication as any that the club are likely to let the deadline pass.”

That’s a shock

We can understand why Tottenham would want to loan Winks out.

The midfielder struggled for game-time with the North London club in the Premier League last season and it does not look as though he’s in Nuno Espirito Santo’s immediate plans this term.

He’s played just one minute of football in the opening two league games but has completed 90 minutes in both of Spurs’ Europa Conference League matches against Pacos de Ferreira.

Leeds are short of a central midfielder and we find it a surprise they didn’t take Tottenham up on that offer.

Winks has played 110 times in the Premier League for Spurs, played in a Champions League final for them and also earned 10 caps for England.

He’s more experienced in the Premier League than any of our current midfielders but he’s only 25-years-old so there’s plenty left in the tank for him.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News in May, ex-Leeds and Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson said he’s “love” to see Winks head to Elland Road this summer, claiming it would be a “real coup” for the Yorkshire giants.

But Bielsa is very particular about the players that are signed and we imagine Winks simply doesn’t fit the Argentine’s profile.

In other Leeds United news, the clock is ticking for the club to sell a big-money player who’s been linked with a move away.