There were lots of reports yesterday indicating that Newcastle United were interested in Spurs 22 year-old midfielder Tom Huddlestone, who is an England Under-21 International, and is also more than useful in central defense.
Tom Huddlestone – Newcastle seem interested
Former Spurs coach and Newcastle assistant manager Chris Hughton has already recommended Tom to Joe Kinnear, and it looks like Newcastle tried to sign the former Derby star in January on loan, though the end of the season.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp rejected Newcastle’s approach, probably becasue he still has his own relegation worries, but Newcastle may well be back again in the summer for Huddlestone, as long as the club can stay in the Premier League.
The news is that Kevin Nolan was signed after Spurs rejected Newcastle’s approach, so that probably all happened following our 2-1 defeat at Man City, when we lost Joey Barton to injury again.
Huddlestone is a good player, but doesn’t seem to have much pace, but he combats that with his considerable skill on the ball. And of course he is more than decent in central defense too, and that is another plus for the youngster, from Newcastle’s viewpoint.
Tom is not happy that he spends so much time on the bench at Spurs, and he will likely want to move on in the summer, but there will be a number of clubs interested in the talented youngster.
Hughton of course worked with Huddlestone at Tottenham during Martin Jol’s management reign there from 2004 until 2007, and Chris believes Tom is an excellent player and could do a job at Newcastle.
But we wouldn’t mind one little bit if Newcastle end up signing Huddlestone, since he’s without doubt a good young player and could do very well on Tyneside.
Tom played 88 times for Derby County before signing for Spurs for £3M in 2005, and has so far played about 70 times for the London side with 4 goals.
He has played 30 times with 4 goals for the England Under-21 side, and will likely partner captain Steven Taylor in the upcoming Under-21 European Championships this summer in Sweden.
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