22-year-old defender joins Southampton in loan deal – report

22-year-old defender joins Southampton in loan deal – report

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Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters has joined Southampton on loan for the remainder of the season.

The 22-year-old received interest from a host of Premier League clubs, including Crystal Palace and some late activity from West Ham, but has decided to make the switch to St Mary’s – especially with first-choice right-back Cedric Soares’ future currently in major doubt.

Walker-Peters initially made a promising start to the campaign – starting each of Spurs’ opening three Premier League matches – but since suffering a damaging hamstring injury in the defeat to Newcastle back in August, plus the resurgence of Serge Aurier under Jose Mourinho, his opportunities have been limited and a loan move away always looked likely.

His only appearance under the Portuguese came in the dead rubber Champions League tie against Bayern Munich last month and will be hoping to continue his development under Ralph Hasenhuttl, whose side have suffered just one defeat in seven league matches and have moved up to 9th in the Premier League, just three points behind Spurs.

Southampton travel to Tottenham in their 4th Round FA Cup replay next Wednesday, but Walker-Peters will be ineligible to feature against his parent club, although he’ll be hoping to make his Saints debut at Liverpool on Saturday.

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