SAINTS are expected to announce the loan signing of Tottenham’s Kyle Walker-Peters until the end of the season on Wednesday.

The club were hopeful of confirming the transfer today [Tuesday].

A deal has been agreed with all the parties involved, with just the formalities left to take place on Wednesday.

It's believed that Saints won't have the option to sign him permanently in the summer.

The defender had been subject to interest from fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace, but he is now set to join the St Mary’s side.

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl previously spoke of his desire to sign a full back who can play on either the left or right side of the defence.

And with Cedric facing up to three weeks out of the side, Yan Valery still recovering from a viral infection, Walker-Peters will provide the back-up needed to fill the void.

The 22-year-old will arrive on the south coast eager to get some minutes on the pitch after being out of favour at Spurs.

He’s played just five times for the White Hart Lane side since the beginning of the season and managed only 10 appearances in the previous campaign.

However, he was once tipped as the club’s replacement for Kyle Walker who left to join Manchester City in a big-money deal back in 2017.

Given former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino played a high-press at Spurs, Walker-Peters will be familiar with that style of play.

This also made him a more attractive prospect for Hasenhuttl because he previously outlined the importance of being able to slot into his philosophy sooner rather than later.

Saints defender Jannik Vestergaard has been subject to an approach from Leicester, although there haven’t been any further developments.

It would take a sizeable offer for the St Mary’s board to allow the 6ft 7in centre-half to leave in January – especially after they splashed out £18m to sign him in 2018.