Breaking: Manchester United are in talks with Tom Huddlestone over a summer move for a role at the club youth team and he is willing to join the Reds.
Tom Huddlestone, a former Tottenham midfielder, is allegedly in talks to join Manchester United in an unexpected transfer.
The Red Devils have been frantically trying to sign a new deep-lying midfielder this summer, but Frenkie de Jong has been their top goal, and the likelihood of him signing now seems dwindling.
Huddlestone, though not anticipated to be a first-team signing, might be a fresh addition for United in that area very soon.
The 35-year-old, who made 11 Championship appearances for Hull City last year before leaving for a second time, is now a free agent.
Huddlestone will reportedly be selected by United as a “hybrid player,” which entails that he will both play for the team’s Under 23 team and serve as an academy coach, according to Mike McGrath of The Telegraph.
Huddlestone has been considering entering coaching when his career comes to a close, and this position would offer the ideal training ground.
He would be following in the footsteps of former Republic of Ireland and Sunderland player Paul McShane. The United childhood product returned to the club as a player-coach in July 2021 after being released by Rochdale thanks to an idea from the head of the academy, Nick Cox.
Before resigning and taking a job as a Professional Development Phase coach full-time, McShane played a few games for the Under 23s.
Teams are permitted to register five overage outfield players and one goalkeeper for Premier League 2 games.
Huddlestone is the right choice since he can help United’s young players on the field during matches.
He played for Spurs for eight seasons after coming from Derby County, appearing 209 times and tallying 15 goals.
Huddlestone also received four England caps; his first came in 2009 against Brazil.