Alan Pardew has revealed in the local papers today, that he was interested in signing Tom Huddlestone of Tottenham last summer, and it’s true that a few years ago, we also seemed to be interested in the now 27 year-old English International central midfielder.
Tom Huddlestone – on loan at Hull for the season
It seems the Newcastle manager could also have some serious transfer money to spend this summer, and Alan says he wanted to sign Huddlestone last summer:
“Huddlestone was a player I really liked.” “He was someone I would like to have brought here and he has proved at Hull what a good player he is.”
“He didn’t come close to joining Newcastle really. It was more discussions about a player who would fit well with the way I play.”
“You have to take your hat off to the Hull Chairman and the way he backed Steve with the two strikers.” “Both are not 24-year-olds, they are senior strikers. We looked at Long for a period and I liked him.”
Hull signed Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic from Everton and Irish striker Shane Long from West Brom last month – so they strengthened their side while Newcastle weakened theirs – by selling Yohan Cabaye.
And that statement from Alan Pardew suggests he is not in charge of the players Newcastle want to sign, and he is just one voice of about five who confer on who to bring into the club - but Mike Ashley’s likeness for signing younger players seems to rule the roost.
That’s even though it would be beneficial sometimes to sign more experienced players like 27 year-old Huddlestone – who has played well, along with Spurs’ other midfielder 24 year-old Jake Livermore, both on loan at Hull this season.
And there’s a subtle reference there from Pardew to Ashley wanting to sign younger players – like 24 year-olds.
We suppose the Spurs midfielders will both be available in the summer, and therefore Newcastle could bid for the two Englishmen – but somehow we don’t think that will happen.
And the main reason is there is a premium to pay on both the transfer fee and on the wages to sign Englishmen in the Premier League – as contrasted for example with players from France – that’s just a comparison right out of the blue.
Look at younger Frenchmen coming through the door this summer, although they don’t have Premier League experience and will take more time to settle in England.
What do you think?
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