The press in the North East are convinced that Tom Huddlestone’s proposed move to Sunderland will shortly become a reality with The Hartlepool Mail leading the way with this story. The Black Cats were linked with our midfielder some 12 months ago and after a frustrating season at the Lane, Hudd’s time must surely be up.
However, head Coach Andre Villas-Boas had been impressed with the 26 year old after he returned to the starting line up at the end of last season but even with the rumoured departure of Scott Parker, it may well be that Tom is still surplus to requirements.
The papers claim that a deal has been agreed for something in the region of £5m for the playmaker with Spurs looking for a quick sale ahead of a summer clearout. Elsewhere, there has been an isolated rumour that Thudd would be offered to Aston Villa as part of a players plus cash deal for Christian Benteke but no-one seems to have followed this one up to a serious degree.
With Paulinho’s arrival, the midfield is even more crowded and Tom’s desire to play regularly for a club that give him an outside chance of a haircut is an obvious one. But does the deal make sense from Tottenham’s point of view?