Hull and Sunderland do battle for Spurs midfielder Huddlestone

Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone is the subject of a transfer battle between Sunderland and Premier League newcomers Hull, reports The Daily Mail.

Huddlestone’s future at White Hart Lane appears uncertain, with Andre Villas-Boas open to selling the injury-plagued star. Despite featuring 29 times for the north Londoners last season, Huddlestone appears to be set to make way for others at the club, and the fellow felines the Tigers and the Black Cats look to be heading up the queue for his services.

Fulham are also believed to be interested, with manager Martin Jol having signed Huddlestone from Derby County seven years ago while in charge at Spurs.

Hull’s fellow top flight new faces Cardiff were also reportedly interested, but their desire to sign the 26-year-old appears to have faded.

Hull are keen to continue strengthening their squad for their first season back in the Premier League following relegation in May 2010, having already made eight signings this summer – ironically the exact same number as last season’s relegation candidates Sunderland.

The north easterners left it late to ensure top flight survival last term, and new manager Paolo Di Canio has been keen to bring his own vision for the club to life by radically reshaping his squad – and he sees Huddlestone’s hard work ethic as being a perfect fit for his new side.

The former Derby midfielder looks likely to cost around £6m to sign, but both clubs see this as a good deal considering the fact that Huddlestone is a player with international experience. He has earned four caps to date having made his England debut in 2009.

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