According to reports in the States, Newcastle United have been in talks with Tottenham over the potential signing of Cameron Carter-Vickers.
This comes from popular American outlet SBI Soccer, who claim that ourselves, Bournemouth and Belgian giants Anderlecht have all made enquiries over a permanent deal now the centre-back has entered the final 12 months of his contract with Spurs.
The USA international has returned to North London following an impressive loan spell with Bournemouth and is a player Toon coach Graeme Jones knows very well, with the former Cherries assistant not only working with him at Luton Town but playing a key role in bringing him to the Vitality Stadium last summer.
SBI Soccer claim that Tottenham are willing to sell the 23-year-old for ‘around £10m’ this summer and the player himself is believed to be pushing for a permanent move to find himself a new home and regular game time ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Carter-Vickers came up against former Mag Ivan Toney over the weekend, but felt at the second last hurdle of the play-off phase as Brentford secured a 3-1 win over Jonathan Woodgate’s side.
Here’s what Woodgate – a former Mag who knows a thing about defending – had to say about the Spurs centre-back ahead of his return to North London this week:
“He leads well, Cam. Alright, he’s not the loudest, but he leads well by how he defends and was equally as good up against a top striker in (Ivan) Toney.
“But Cam, since I’ve been here, he does what it says on the tin. He’s mister consistent. I know exactly what I’m going to get from him week in, week out.
“He loves defending. He loves keeping clean sheets, he’s like that.
“He defends first and foremost and that’s what I want in my team. I want defenders to defend and attackers to attack, Cam does that.”
“He’s got a lot of experience,”
”In my view, he needs to find a home.
“He needs to find a home and really cement a home and have that place where he’s going to play week in, week out.
“I think if I’m speaking for Cam, he’ll want that. He’ll want to try and find a home.
“I can’t see him wanting to be loaned out again and I’m sure he’d want to find a home and somewhere to settle. But he’s a really top player.”
“It’s a big jump to the Premier League, but who knows? He’s good enough, he’s got the right mentality, he wants to improve, he’s quick, he’s strong, he reads the game well.”
He may be able to add some pace and power to our ageing defence, but I don’t see him being an upgrade on our current options.
Time will tell if this latest transfer link it pie in the sky from the US or the emergence of a player we are actually looking at this summer.