Huddlestone is being eyed up by both Sunderland and Hull.
Sunderland and Hull City are set to battle it out for the signature of Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone, in a deal believed to be in the region of £5m, according to the Mirror.
The 26-year-old has been on the periphery of the Spurs team under Andre Villas-Boas and has decided he needs to leave north London in order to play regular football.
The Black Cats are undergoing something of an overhaul in the north east of England, with boss Paolo Di Canio completely reshaping the squad in time for the 2013/14 season.
Di Canio has already signed six new players; including Vito Mannone from Arsenal, FC Basel’s Cabral, Modibo Diakite of Lazio and Maritimo defender Valentin Roberge.
Now the Italian wants to add Huddlestone to his squad, but faces stiff competition from former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce – who has just led Hull back to the Premier League after a three year absence.
Bruce needs to strengthen his Tigers squad in order to be ready for a tough and grueling campaign to try and stay in the English top tier – who themselves have already acquired Championship defenders Curtis Davies and Maynor Figueroa, along with former Rangers ‘keeper Allan McGregor and Ahmed Elmohamady from the Black Cats.
Huddlestone was a product of Derby County’s youth academy and was once tipped to be one of England’s best central midfielders.
Despite having played well at White Hart Lane the Englishman never really met those expectations and was not helped by a career ravaged with injury.
Since joining Spurs in 2005 Huddlestone has played 209 times for the club and has also earned four caps for his country.