If Newcastle get promoted this season we think Chris Hughton will try to get at least two youngsters on season long loan deals at Newcastle.
Thomas William Cleverley – a target for Newcastle this summer?
And it seems that one of the players could be 20 year-old Tom Cleverley of Manchester United, who has been on loan at Watford all this season.
The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Hughton and recently appointed chief scout Graham Carr have already begun to draw up transfer targets for the summer, and some will include season-long loan targets – and that sounds very sensible.
A Newcastle source (Derek Llambias?) said today:
“It is looking like a case of ‘business as usual’ and behind the scenes they are sticking to their transfer plans.”“Next season is also being assessed and there are two different scenarios.”
“Chris is trying to build for next season but knows the club’s longer-term strategy is to bring in youngsters in a similar manner to Arsenal.”
The 20-year-old has played for the England under-21 six times so far, and Chris Hughton was at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday night to watch Cleverley (and Andy Carroll) in the surprise 2-1 defeat of the England U21 side by group leaders Greece.
We understand that Tom had a good game fo England that night.
Tom is a natural midfielder, but he can also play in defense when required, so he seems quite a flexible player who could be used in different positions at Newcastle.
Hughton has been interested in Cleverley for some time and even last summer wanted to bring the lad to Newcastle on a loan deal, but he signed instead for Watford.
Tom has played 27 times for Watford this season with 10 goals, but last week was serving a 3 match ban having been sent off in the previous game, and therefore couldn’t play against Newcastle – which was good. :D.
And in the previous season, the midfielder was on loan at Leicester City where he played 15 times with two goals.
The Basingstoke-born player, who stands 5’9″ tall and grew up in Bradford, will turn 21 in August and looks like a star of the future, but whether that will be at Manchester United (or perhaps Newcastle United) is an open question