Portsmouth keen on signing Anton Walkes on a permanent deal

Defender Anton Walkes’ time at Tottenham Hotspur appears to be coming to an end with Portsmouth keen on signing him on a permanent deal.

Walkes, 21, has made just one competitive appearance for Spurs, coming off the bench against Gillingham in the League Cup in the 2016/17 season.

Walkes then spent a year at new MLS franchise Atlanta United and impressed as they finished fourth in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the overall combined league.

However, there was heartbreak for the right-back and his side as they lost in the play-off knockout round to Columbus Crew after extra-time and penalty shoot-out despair.

On his return to England, the right-back signed a new two-year deal until 2019 and was soon loaned out to Portsmouth to play under manager Kenny Jackett – who spent some time at Spurs last season as a youth coach.

The defender started 12 times and scored once after his January move impressing at both right-back and in a defensive midfield role.

Now the Portsmouth News are reporting that the south coast club are nearing a permanent move for Walkes.

The transfer would be Spurs’ second sale of the summer, with one of Walkes’ development squad team-mates, Keanan Bennetts, having been sold for £2m to Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach this month.


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