Manchester United are reportedly in talks to sign former Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone in a surprise move.
The Red Devils have been desperate to secure a new player in midfield this summer as the saga with top target Frenkie de Jong continues to be complicated.
However, United could have a new arrival in that area very soon, as Huddlestone is seen as a very creative player who has good vision in creating goalscoring chances, but it will be on a different plane.
The 35-year-old is a free agent after leaving Hull City for a second time at the end of last season, where he made 11 Championship appearances.
According to Mike McGrath of The Telegraph, United are looking to draft Huddlestone as a “hybrid player” – essentially meaning he will play for the club’s Under-23 side as well as take up a coaching position in the squad. academy.
With his career winding down, Huddlestone has been looking to get into coaching and this role could provide the perfect experience to get started.
He would follow in the footsteps of former Sunderland and Republic of Ireland player Paul McShane. Following his release from Rochdale in July 2021, the United youth product returned to the club as a player-coach in an idea which came from Academy head Nick Cox.
Huddlestone fits the bill and will be able to provide vital advice to United’s youngsters on the pitch during matches.
After joining from Derby County, he played for Spurs for eight seasons, playing 209 times and scoring 15 goals.
Huddlestone also played four times for England, with his debut coming against Brazil in 2009.