Huddlestone could still join Stoke.
Stoke City are renegotiating their move for Tom Huddlestone after the Tottenham midfielder failed a medical at the club, Goal.com can reveal.
The season-long loan deal was put on hold after Stoke medical staff discovered in the examination at the end of last week that Huddlestone has a chronic ankle problem.
The 25-year-old made only three appearances for Spurs last season after undergoing two operations on his ankle.
Stoke are still keen on pushing through a temporary move for the England international but want to reduce their financial commitment in case he breaks down again.
It is believed that the Potters have agreed to pay a loan fee of around £500,000 but want assurances that Huddlestone could return to White Hart Lane if he gets injured, with Spurs covering the costs of his wages.
The Londoners are hopeful terms can be agreed with Stoke before Friday’s transfer deadline.
Although Spurs head-coach Andre Villas-Boas insists he still sees a future at White Hart Lane for pass-master Tom Huddlestone, it is hard to see a way back for the 25-year-old midfielder if he joins Stoke on loan.
The north Londoners completed the signing of Fulham’s Moussa Dembele on Wednesday, forcing the one-time England player further down the pecking order, where he is already behind Jake Livermore, Scott Parker, Sandro and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Huddlestone is a terrific passer on his day but his lack of mobility makes him unsuitable for head-coach Andre Villas-Boas’ preferred 4-3-3 system and given his lack of recent game time, it is understandable that he wants to loan the player out.
The above source also goes onto to quote Stoke boss Tony Pulis, who has confirmed he is also interested in Spurs centre-half Michael Dawson, another player deemed surplus to requirements by Villas-Boas.
Wanting to sell Dawson is harder to fathom. The 28-year-old is proven Premier League performer and offers more experience than youngster Steven Caulker, while William Gallas is not going to go on forever.
Villas-Boas is taking a calculated risk by trimming Spurs squad of the established English players. The revolution at White Hart Lane is not dissimilar to his attempts to reshape Chelsea’s squad and, for Spurs sake, we hope it ends up better than at Stamford Bridge.
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