Journalist Alex Crook has claimed that Southampton full-back Kyle Walker-Peters will not be sold this summer despite links to the contrary.
There have been reports stating that the Saints full-back has been linked with a move to fellow Premier League side Everton, but it all depends on the financial situation at the club and whether they can submit a suitable bid.
Walker-Peters has been a mainstay in the Southampton side over the past few seasons and made 37 appearances in all competitions last term, while his impressive displays were enough to earn him a call-up to the England national squad where he has picked up two caps.
Despite the links of an exit from St Mary’s for Walker-Peters, Crook recently claimed to GiveMeSport that he has been told the English defender will ‘100%’ be staying on the south coast this summer.
He said: “I know Kyle Walker-Peters has been linked with Everton over the course of the last 72 hours, but I’m told 100% he won’t be sold this summer.
“Obviously, he can play right and left-back, so he’s quite important to their plans. He’s a good character around the place as well.”
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TIF Thoughts on Crook’s comments…
Walker-Peters showed his versatility last season for Southampton as the natural right-back featured 23 times at left-back, which is likely to be one of the main reasons why Ralph Hasenhuttl is not keen to let him go this summer, especially after his side had a poor season last term when they finished just five points above the drop zone.
Hasenhuttl has clearly seen that his squad needed upgrading after a disappointing end to the last campaign, as he has already brought in five new players, while he has not seen any of his key players leave, and will surely be thinking that if he wants to have a more successful campaign next term, players like Walker-Peters will have to stay.