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Reports: Huddlestone Remains A Target

Reports this morning claim that Sunderland are still on the trail of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

Mike Hewitt

Reports this morning claim that Tottenham Hotspur's occasional England midfielder Tom Huddlestone is a top target for Paolo Di Canio as he looks to bolster the club's central midfield options.

Despite a radical overhaul of the club's scouting department by Ellis Short in recent months, Huddlestone was initially a top target in January when the club eventually signed Alfred N'Diaye for the powerful central midfield role.

Huddlestone saw a fair bit of action with Spurs however with Sandro out injured, and the Londoners were not too keen to see him depart at such a crucial stage of the season.

It seems now that although former Chief Scout Pop Robson was a big fan of Huddlestone, Roberto De Fanti and Valentino Angeloni are too, and with Spurs looking to do their utmost to bring in Brazilian star Paulinho, the fee of around £4-5m we would have to pay would come in handy for them.

Of course, Spurs are quite notoriously complete bastards to negotiate with, so whilst we wouldn't expect a move to happen immediately, it could be a one which rumbles on and eventually gets over the line as it's very clear to us here that the interest is genuine.

Should he arrive we'd could have quite the formidable central midfield next season with N'Diaye, Huddlestone, Cabral and potentially Alfred Duncan. All physically imposing players with a good ability on the ball. The likes of Lee Cattermole and David Vaughan could be on the way out sooner rather than later should everything go according to plan.