By Abigail Withey
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has entered the race to sign Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone, according to a recent report.
The Sun claim that the Toon boss has recently made an enquiry about bringing the 30-year-old to St. James’ Park this summer.
The newspaper has revealed that the Magpies boss will be competing with fellow Premier League club West Bromwich Albion for the defensive midfielder.
It is said that Huddlestone has terms in his contract allowing him to leave Newcastle’s north-east rivals during the transfer window if they were relegated for a £2million fee.
The deep-lying playmaker joined Hull from Tottenham back in 2013, and has continued to impress throughout the 2016/17 season despite the club’s relegation.
Huddlestone made a total of 39 appearances for the Tigers last term, managing to score two goals and provide one assist.
Benitez will be hoping to secure the playmaker in order to bolster his squad ready for the club’s return to the Premier League, as the former Liverpool boss has had a frustrating transfer season with just Christian Atsu joining the ranks so far.
Football Insider verdict:
Benitez will be itching to secure his second summer signing, and Huddlestone will be a fantastic addition to the club. The 30-year-old is an incredible passer, and for just £2 million, the Toon boss will see this as a steal. The former Spurs midfielder will provide experience and maturity in the changing room, and his ability to control the tempo of the game will be utilised well. The midfielder will also provide options for Benitez, as the former England international has recently played in the centre-back role, in addition to centre midfield, which will prove useful as the club heads back into the Premier League. However, Benitez undoubtedly needs to do more than sign just Huddlestone to bolster his squad this summer, as the manager will need to turn his attention to find a strong striker who can provide guaranteed goals for the squad.
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