Reports claim that Southampton are considering a move for Kieran Trippier.
The right-back was impressive at times last season following his £3.5m move from Burnley, but only made six Premier League appearances, as his presence in the squad seemed to inspire Kyle Walker to new-found levels of consistency.
Southampton’s new manager Claude Puel is said to be in the market for a new right-back, following the departure of their former boss Ronald Koeman to Everton.
Spurs have plenty of options at right-back and may be tempted to cash in on one of them if offered the right deal. Walker is firmly established as first choice, with Trippier, DeAndre Yedlin and the youngster Kyle Walker-Peters offering real depth in the position.
While Walker-Peters is young enough to wait for a chance in the first-team, either Trippier or Yedlin probably need to leave in order to get some playing time. It was considered likely that Yedlin would return to Sunderland after his successful loan last season, but with Sam Allardyce now gone, the chances of that move being repeated have reduced.
Yedlin is said to be impressing in training and will compete with Trippier for the right-back spot during the friendly games in Australia. It’s fair to say that the pacy USA international is more of a like-for-like replacement for Walker than Trippier, who is less-reliant on speed. That said, Trippier offers a valuable alternative to Walker, with the quality of his deliveries into the box a major weapon.
If the club do decide to let Trippier go, the suggested price of £5m is unlikely to prove tempting. Only a year into his contract, there is no reason to let him go so cheaply. This is especially true considering that Southampton are cash-rich, having once again sold many of their best players this summer.