We reported the news in the summer that Newcastle were interested in signing Canadian youngster Junior Hoilet of Blackburn Rovers.
Junior Hoilet – Newcastle maintaining their interest
At the time Blackburn manager Steve Kean was about to make the trip to Toronto, Canada to meet with Hoilet’s parents, with the aim of getting him to sign a new contract, but apparently that failed, so the youngster will soon be available as a free agent.
Indeed, his current contract runs out next summer, and he will be available to talk to clubs as soon as January, if he has not signed a new deal at Blackburn by then.
Negotiations at Rovers are ongoing with the youngster – but they were in the summer too – so he seems to be stalling on signing a new deal at Blackburn.
The 21 year-old Brampton Canada born winger/striker has so far played 59 times for Blackburn with 7 goals, and made his debut back in August of 2009, when just 19.
Hoiley joined the Blackburn Youth Academy back in 2003 when just 13, and then spent time on loan at German clubs Paderborn 07 (2007-2008) and St. Pauli (2008-2009).
We were aware of Newcastle’s interest in the player in the summer, but it looks like Harry Redknapp of Spurs has also joined the race to sign the youngster.
Born and raised in Canada, Hoilett is eligible to play for Jamaica through his family, as well as for England, but he has yet to play at any International level for any country.
It’s likely that Newcastle will move for him in January, and try to get a deal agreed with the youngster, who they could then sign next July 1st as a free agent.
And if Blackburn end up getting relegated, they are currently second bottom with 4 points from 7 games, it’s almost certain the youngster will move on.
What do you think?