Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl undecided on Kyle Walker-Peter permanent transfer
Walker-Peters, 23, signed for Southampton on loan in the January transfer window. However, the youngster hardly got a chance to make an impression before the season was suspended because of the pandemic.
The right-back had made just one appearance prior to lockdown for the Saints – a 2-1 defeat to Burnley. The South Coast club returned to action in the Premier League this past weekend against Norwich City. But Walker-Peters made just a one-minute cameo in the game.
The Tottenham defender recently agreed an extension of stay till the end of the season. And when Hasenhuttl was quizzed about making the Englishman’s transfer permanent, he said that the decision was yet to be made. (h/t Daily Echo)
“I’ve not decided yet. He will stay with us to the end of the season with us. And we have now 8 games in the short term. So it’s quite likely he can start one game or two games or whatever.”
Given how sparingly Walker-Peters was used by Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho this term, the youngster is unlikely to have a future at the club next season. In fact, he is one among the four players that the manager is reportedly willing to offload to generate transfer funds.
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There have been speculations that Walker-Peters may be used as a makeweight in the deal to sign Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who is a top transfer target for Tottenham. It remains to be seen what the future holds for our academy graduate.