Newcastle United intend to sign Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone for £6M in the summer, if the Tyneside club can stay in the Premier league.
Tom Huddlestone – £6M summer target for Newcastle?
This is a report in today’s News Of The World, and it’s not the first time we have been linked with Huddlestone for a summer move. The lad has been a consistent performer for the England U-21 team, but has found it difficult to get into Harry Redknapp’s side at Tottenham.
Tom’s played 30 times for the England U-21 side and the 6’3″ bulky midfielder, who was born in Nottingham, certainly has plenty of talent, and he doesn’t turn 23 until this December. He’s played about 70 times for Spurs and before that 88 times for Derby County.
Not sure Tom’s worth £6M, but would be a very good buy for around £4M, and ff course Newcastle failed in a late approach to bring him to Newcastle, on loan, in the January transfer window.
But this will be all dependent on Newcastle staying up in the Premier League, and if we do get relegated, the club will need to unload a number of our top wage earners, who would probably include Owen, Smith, Geremi, Cacapa, Duff, Martins, Coloccini, Gutierrez and Viduka.
The wage bills of those players are close to $510K a week in total, that’s around £26.5M for the year.
Does anybody out there think Newcastle have got their money’s worth from these players? We don’t.
And maybe that’s all the club would need to unload, and then bring in some good younger players in the summer to augment the remaining squad.
But we don’t want to think about that too much right now – we’re still hoping the lads will earn their wages and keep the club up.