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Newcastle Lose Out on Alan Hutton

10:30 am, Sunday, December 23rd, 2007 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Tottenham Hotspur appear to have won the race to sign Rangers defender Alan Hutton.

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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 that’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 £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 Carr’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, £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 we’ll just have to wait, but we do expect Sam to bring in another full-back in January.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 adam // Dec 23, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    dont want it to happen and dont think it will. beye is doing a good job. we would only probly sign a loan player for right back.

  • 2 mike // Dec 23, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Your Picture is of Lee McCulloch not Alan Hutton :)

  • 3 Ed Harrison // Dec 23, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Whoops – i’ll change it – quick.

  • 4 Ed Harrison // Dec 23, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Thanks Mike

  • 5 Jonathan // Dec 23, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Alan Hutton is a dream player for me. I’ve seen him play in the Euro qualifiers and in Champions League with Rangers. Im confident he would succeed in PL.

  • 6 Howie // Dec 23, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    7m way too much for spl player. 8m for boumsong we know what happened there + we have beye

  • 7 Tom_Toon // Dec 23, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    He wouldnt setle for back, id much rather have Beye as first choice, hes a hero.

  • 8 iain // Dec 23, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    theres no way i bet sam could square that one with mort after insisting so much that he got beye in the summer.

    why should mort sanction 7m for a backup player.

  • 9 scott 9 // Dec 23, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    shame didnt have hopes up anyway could have been great for the futture and to cover for beye

  • 10 Leo // Dec 23, 2007 at 11:26 PM

    we paid 6.5million for jose enrique…

    we need both a left full back and a backup right full back. we need a right winger and a creative player

    i hope we sign

    matty taylor/ricardo gardner

    andrei arshavin or/and dario srna

    and maybe a right back

  • 11 jim // Dec 24, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    newcastle aren’t good enough for a player like alan hutton

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