The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Tottenham Hotspur appear to have won the race to sign Rangers defender Alan Hutton.
Alan Hutton – Ranger’s right-back a target for Newcastle?
The Scottish right-back played really well during Scotland’s spirited, but failed European 2008 qualifying campaign. In fact the whole Scottish defense was magnificent on several occasions in the last several months and Scotland were very unlucky not to qualify for the final next summer. The same cannot be said for England, but thatâ€™s another story.
Alan has been linked with a move to the Premier League for some time now and it seems that he is being lined up by Spurs for a fee said to be around Â£7M, with the deal to be completed in January.
We have no idea if this story is true, but Newcastle have recently paid up the contract of Celestine Babayaro, and we expect Stephen Carrâ€™s contract not to be renewed when it runs out in June. So it would make sense for Newcastle to be looking for a new full-back to bring into the squad. Other clubs interested in Hutton are said to include Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal.
However, Â£7M seems quite a high price to play for a 23 year-old unproven in the Premiership and quite a few other SPL players have joined England’s top league recently, and not been particularly successful.
Alan has played 89 times for Rangers, making his debt in 2002 as an 18 year-old. He has scored two goals for the club and has so far represented Scotland 6 times. He was born in November, 1984 in Glasgow, Scotland and stands 6’1″ tall.
It may be that Big Sam thinks there are other full-backs of better value elsewhere, so weâ€™ll just have to wait, but we do expect Sam to bring in another full-back in January.