Chris Hughton is currently on holiday with his family.
Tom Cleverley – while at Watford last season
But according to the Newcastle Journal this morning, he has tried hard to tie up a season long loan deal for Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley before leaving with his family.
Chris will be looking at loan signings and free agents this summer to strengthen his squad, with little or no money being made available for transfers, because of the financial plight at the club.
With all the publicity about Cleverley and Newcastle, it now seems a cast iron certainty that Cleverley is wanted at Newcastle, at least initially on a loan deal.
But recently Chris also indicated he was also interested in bringing Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere to the club, and striker Danny Welbeck from Manchester United has also been mentioned as a possible loan signing.
But there are also other clubs after Cleverley, and Manchester United may still keep the lad at Old Trafford next season, but that has to be a long shot with Tom wanting regular first team football in the Premiership, which he will not get at the Red Devils next season.
Cleverley scored 11 goals in 35 appearances on loan at Watford last season and Hughton is known to be a big admirer of the Basinkstoke-born player.
If Chris made every effort to tie up Cleverley before he left on vacation, and there is no news of him signing on at Newcastle on loan, we have to assume that Chris failed in his mission – at least for now.
One of the advantages of getting a good young player on loan is that he could become attached to the club, and potentially sign on full time at Newcastle.
Certainly Chelsea’s 19 year-old Dutch full-back Patrick Aanholt waxed lyrical about the Newcastle club after he played 7 games in January and early February for the Tyneside club. Hopefully he is a future target for the Tyneside club.
So we don’t see too much new news in the Journal article today about Cleverley – since we already knew he was a Newcastle target – and we still haven’t apparently tied him up on a season-long loan deal.