Belfast Telegraph

Stoke coy over Huddlestone move

Stoke have not commented on reports they have been unable to agree a deal with Tottenham for midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

The 25-year-old had been expected to join the Potters on a season-long loan and it was thought a package was close to being concluded. Manager Tony Pulis even spoke on Friday morning of his hope the matter would be finalised by early afternoon.

Speaking at his press conference to preview this weekend's game against Arsenal, Pulis said: "It is ongoing at the moment and I think it will be sorted out one way or the other by about lunchtime."

He added: "It will be sorted out - without talking too much about it, I don't think it is fair to do too much talking - by lunchtime and hopefully one way or the other we'll know what the situation is."

When asked what he hoped Huddlestone could bring to his side, Pulis said: "Ask me that at 12 o'clock and I'll tell you."

As time passed, reports emerged claiming the move had stalled. Neither Stoke nor Spurs have yet made any comment. Huddlestone has not played competitive football since August 28 last year having been forced to undergo two ankle operations.

With a week of the transfer window remaining there is still time for an agreement to be reached but the possibility of having Huddlestone available to face Arsenal on Sunday appears to be receding.

That means United States international Geoff Cameron could be rushed in for his Barclays Premier League debut straight after - in a positive development for the club - receiving his international clearance.

The summer signing from Houston Dynamo has spent 11 days away from Stoke for international duty and to complete visa formalities but was given permission to return to the UK on Thursday.

Pulis is unsure as to his match-fitness but the 27-year-old may feature against the Gunners at the Britannia Stadium, with Dean Whitehead out through suspension. Pulis said: "We will see how Geoff is when he gets here. We've been without him for a while now, which has been disappointing, so we will have to check him over when he arrives."

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