Newcastle United have reportedly expressed their desire to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oliver Skipp, also a target for Norwich City.
According to Daily Mail, Newcastle United have set their sights on Oliver Skipp as they continue their search for midfield reinforcements. The Tottenham Hotspur starlet is highly rated by manager Steve Bruce, though the Magpies are set to face stiff competition from Norwich City in the pursuit of the youngster.
Tottenham are yet to make a decision on the future of Skipp, with new manager Nuno Espirito Santo still taking a closer look at the player. A product of the club’s youth academy, the 20-year-old spent the most recent season on loan at Norwich City.
With a total of 45 league appearances, he was an ever-present figure in Daniel Farke’s midfield setup. His contributions in the middle of the park were, in fact, critical in helping Norwich City finish top of the Championship, thereby securing promotion back to the Premier League.
Skipp returned to Tottenham this summer, even featuring in the pre-season friendlies. The 20-year-old did not have a great time under previous Jose Mourinho, with his technical prowess not highly rated by the Portuguese. But that could change under Nuno, who is already lacking depth in the central midfield slot.
Skipp’s future in north London will depend on how Spurs fare in the transfer market. They are reportedly in the market for Renato Sanches, among many other midfield talents across Europe. But the likely capture of Cristian Romero may cripple their financial powers in the market.
Newcastle United will be hoping that Tottenham do land their targets, as it will open the door for Skipp to leave the club temporarily. There is no doubt that the Magpies are desperate for midfield reinforcements. Recent reports claim that they have reached an agreement with Arsenal over Joe Willock, but the youngster appears reluctant to decide on his future.
Skipp, in that regard, should be an excellent alternative. But one could argue that the 20-year-old may favour a move to Norwich City, having spent last season on loan at Carrow Road. He is familiar with Farke’s tactical setup and should star in a team hoping to make an impact in the Premier League in the coming season.
Tottenham themselves may consider a future with the young midfielder as well, considering how well he performed in the Championship last season. There is no doubt that he is capable of performing in a higher level of football, so it will be interesting to see Nuno’s stance on the talented midfielder this summer.