Andy Halliday says Rangers came close to pulling off a major transfer coup during his time at the club, but that a move for Tottenham star Harry Winks collapsed at the last minute [Scottish Sun].
Lifelong bluenose Halliday played for the Gers between 2015 and 2020, featuring in a number of positions under several different managers.
He was released at the end of last season and now turns out for Hearts, as well as appearing regularly on Open Goal’s Keeping the Ball on the Ground podcast.
Speaking on the show, Halliday told of how Winks received a tour of Auchenhowie during Mark Warburton’s time in charge, only for a prospective loan switch to fall through.
“I remember doing a warm-up and Harry Winks came in for a day,” said the former Ger.
“I think everything was agreed and he was coming anyway. He was at the training ground being shown about. He didn’t train. A day later, it didn’t happen. He stayed at Tottenham.”
The exact timing of the collapsed transfer wasn’t confirmed by Halliday, but it’s likely that it was before Winks established himself in the Spurs first team during the 2016/17 season.
The gifted midfielder now has 106 Premier League appearances to his name alongside 10 senior England caps, while he played in the 2018/19 Champions League final against Liverpool.
Winks hasn’t made a senior appearance for any club other than Tottenham, so perhaps a decision was taken by Spurs that a loan move, in general, wasn’t right for his career.