The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s days at his boyhood club seem numbered, with the north Londoners ready to offload some fringe players in the squad.
Winks was certainly on the outskirts of the side last season, playing just 65 minutes under Antonio Conte in the final 13 Premier League games.
The Daily Mail previously reported that Spurs would be willing to listen to offers of around £25m, with Everton listed as a potential suitor.
However, with the Merseysiders’ well-documented financial worries, the clubs are thought to be far apart in terms of agreeing on a suitable fee for the 10-cap England international, with Brown now revealing that the finances is now the only major hurdle to overcome, with Winks, who has been hailed as ‘amazing‘, willing to make the switch.
He told GiveMeSport: “Winks is very keen to come and would have agreed to sign for Everton in a previous window.
“He seems to like the project there and would fit possibly quite well into Lampard’s system.
“But the two clubs are a way apart because for Everton, ideally in the same way they did with Dele Alli, spreading the cost into another financial year would be ideal for them, but Spurs want the money now.
“So, it’s whoever blinks first, really, on this one.”
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After a relegation-threatened campaign last season and the significant departure of leading scorer Richarlison, Frank Lampard will be eager to bolster his squad.
However, this transfer window could prove tricky for the Toffees, with journalist David Hughes previously admitting that he could be a ‘difficult summer’ at Goodison Park as talks rumble on over an alleged takeover.
The club are said to have ended discussions with the Peter Kenyon-led consortium which could speed up their transfer activity – although potential bidders have said otherwise.
Nonetheless, Evertonians will be hoping that their future can be resolved quickly, and with a report from the Liverpool Echo stating that the Toffees are now free to spend amid fears of breaching FFP rules, perhaps their summer recruiting can commence.