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Fulham bid for Tottenham's Huddlestone

Daily Mail report that a £5 million bid has been lodged for the midfielder

Richard Heathcote

Fulham have made a £5 million offer for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone, according to the Daily Mail.

Martin Jol has already expressed his interest in signing Huddlestone and is believed to have already approached Spurs over a deal earlier in the transfer window.

Andre Villas-Boas, however, was reluctant to let his player leave after an injury to Sandro left Tottenham short on numbers in midfield.

With the transfer of Lewis Holtby to White Hart Lane being brought forward, however, AVB may well be tempted to let Huddlestone leave.

This is in spite of the fact that Spurs have made it clear that they value the 26 year-old at around £7 million. Though falling £2 million short of the asking price, the bid is likely to be accepted.

Huddlestone was told earlier this month that he could leave the club - before Sandro became injured - and has featured sparsely in the Tottenham first team over the past two seasons.

He's made 13 appearances in the Premier League this term, the majority of which have not been for a full ninety minutes.

If the move were to go ahead, it would plug a hole in the centre of midfield that has been gaping ever since the departure of Danny Murphy to Blackburn Rovers in the summer.

Huddlestone is a particularly good passer of the ball and, though he usually plays in a deep midfield role, he dictates play and is often the creative linchpin to his team.

He's not as strong in the tackle as his role in midfield would suggest but, with the likes of Steve Sidwell, Mahamadou Diarra and Emmanuel Frimpong around him, he would be able to play his normal, polished game.

At 26, also, he still has years ahead of him. Many Tottenham fans, though, feel the player has already peaked but Jol, who worked with him when the two were at the club, clearly thinks differently.

"Over the last six years I had an interest in Tom Huddlestone, but he was injured and then went to Stoke," Jol said earlier in the month.

"I think he failed a medical there but I am not sure, so he went back to Spurs.

"If Tom is fit, he is always in the back of my mind but as I told you before, I won't speculate on names. I can't say Tom is not on my list because I like him."