Paul Huntington Sold to Leeds United

Newcastle United central defender Paul Huntington has joined Leeds United for an undisclosed fee. That’s the surprising news this evening.

Paul has not been sent out on loan but has left the club. This is breaking news from the official Leeds United web site so we feel it has to be official.

No confirmation yet on the official Newcastle United site, although we expect all Newcastle’s transfer dealings today to be released in a single communication from the club later tonight.

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Paul Huntington – surprisingly sold to Leeds United

19 year-old Carlisle-born Paul Huntington, who turns 20 in September played 11 times for Newcastle United and scored one goal. Paul, who won the Jackie Milburn Trophy in the summer of 2005, an award given to the most promising young players in the north east, made his Newcastle debut last season and scored his only goal for the club against Tottenham Hotspur in January.

Highly-rated Paul started out with Newcastle United’s Academy – he joined up with the first team squad for their EUFA cup matches in 2005 – and has represented England at under-18 level.

This was completely unexpected since Paul seemed to have a future on Tyne-side, and we were assuming he would be sent out on loan this season. Leeds are also struggling at the moment so even the club he has moved to is not in the best of shape. Leeds are  bottom of League One with -6 points.

This seems extremely strange to us and we can only assume that Big Sam didn’t rate young Huntington.

We are also waiting for confirmation from Newcastle on the transfers that may have been completed tonight – no news yet and under 4 hours to go to the transfer deadline.

Comments welcome.