It is being reported by the Daily Mail that Newcastle United and West Ham United are both after Canadian International midfielder Atiba Hutchinson.
Hutchison plays for FC Copenhagen and is a team mate of another player Newcastle are said to be interested in â€“ Norwegian center-back Brede Hangeland.
Atiba is an attacking midfielder and has even played as a striker – the fee is said to be in the region of Â£3M (seems about par for Big Sam).
We had thought our major focus for the next couple of weeks would be to bring in more defenders but we seem to be linked with a host of midfielders. We really have no real idea whether Newcastle are interested in the Canadian but it does look like Sam wants to bring in at least one more central midfielder. Atiba does seem to be a goal-scoring midfielder and Sam has said he wants a lot more goals from the midfield next season – so Hutchison certainly seems to fit that requirement. We thought we’d get some information on Hutchison â€“ in case the deal actually does go through at some point in the future.
Hutchison was born in Brampton, Ontario and only began his professional career in 2002, playing briefly in the Canadian Professional Soccer League. He has played 19 times for the Canada under-20 side (presumably while still an amateur) and 10 times for the Canada Under-23 side.
In January 2003 he signed with Ã–sters IF, newly promoted to the Swedish Allsvenskan. Hutchinson scored six times for Ã–ster during the 2003 season. With the club relegated out of the Allsvenskan, Hutchinson was granted a transfer and signed with Helsingborgs IF in January 2004. In the 2005 season he was consistently the team’s best player, scoring six goals from midfield.
Atiba â€“ who is 6′ 2â€ tall then moved to Danish F.C. Copenhagen in 2006, and played alongside Swedish international Tobias Linderoth in central midfield but later was moved around and even played striker that season.
He has played 28 times for Canada and scored three goals – the first in a World Cup qualifying match against Honduras. He also played in the 2001 and 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships for Canada. He has played 24 times and scored 6 goals for Osters IF, 49 times and 6 goals for Helsingborgs IF and 45 times and 5 goals for FC Copenhagen.