Stoke City: Potters poised to sign Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone on loan
STOKE City are poised to complete the loan signing of Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone today.
Spurs have agreed to loan out the 25-year-old until January, with a view to extending the deal until the end of the season.
Huddlestone had a medical at Stoke yesterday after the clubs thrashed out a deal which gives Tottenham the freedom to recall the England midfielder or sell him in the January transfer window if they wish.
However, City are hopeful of holding on to the player, whose range of passing will add some craft to their midfield.
Stoke have been able to land Huddlestone on loan because he dropped out of the reckoning at White Hart Lane through injury last season.
Huddlestone's last competitive match was on August 28 last year when he was in the line-up for their Premier League game against Manchester City.
He has had two operations on his right ankle since then, but has played for Spurs this pre-season, making a comeback in a friendly win over Stevenage and also featuring in their tour of the United States.
Huddlestone came through the youth ranks at Derby, making his debut as a 16-year-old in their 3-0 home defeat to Stoke on the opening day of the 2003-04 season.
He moved to Spurs for £2.5m in 2005 and has made 181 appearances for the club.
He has made three England appearances, the last of which was against Japan two years ago in a World Cup warm-up game.
His arrival looks likely to push his former Spurs team-mate Wilson Palacios a little further down the pecking order at the Britannia Stadium.
The Honduras international joined Stoke in a £6m deal from Spurs on deadline day last year, but struggled for fitness and form having been recovering from a knee injury when he arrived.
He has had a full pre-season this year, but only got on as a late substitute in the season-opener at Reading on Saturday.
Huddlestone's arrival gives City plenty of options in central midfield because Geoff Cameron has also been earmarked for a place there.
The 27-year-old, who can also play in central defence, could feature against Arsenal having impressed in pre-season following his £1.6m move from Houston Dynamo.
Cameron missed the opening game of the season at Reading on Saturday because he has been detained in the United States to complete his visa application.
The players are on a day off today, but Cameron is hoping the paperwork will be approved in time for him to train with the rest of the squad tomorrow.
City have also invested in the midfield potential of 21-year-old Jamie Ness by signing him from Glasgow Rangers on a free transfer from Rangers.
Rangers boss Ally McCoist claims City have also made an approach for his United States international midfielder Maurice Edu.
Former Leeds and Liverpool winger Harry Kewell was also a visitor to Stoke's training ground yesterday, but the 33-year-old, who is a free agent, is not in talks to join the Potters.
Stoke have also distanced themselves from suggestions they could make a late bid to sign Tottenham centre-back Michael Dawson, who appears top be on his way to QPR in a £9m deal.