Newcastle reportedly in talks for Tottenham-owned ace Woodgate predicted would play in PL, last week
Newcastle United are reportedly in talks to sign £10million-rated Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers this summer but face competition from his current loan side AFC Bournemouth and Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht for the USA international – just days after Jonathan Woodgate claimed Carter-Vickers is good enough to make the Premier League step.
Carter-Vickers, 23, failed to prevent Bournemouth from crashing out of the Championship play-off semi-finals last week as Brentford came from 1-0 down in the first leg to win 3-1 in the second 90 minutes – and 3-2 overall. Following an initial struggle with fitness and injury, Carter-Vickers ended the season in excellent form under ex-Toon and Spurs defender Woodgate.
Now, SBI Soccer – based in the United States – claim Anderlecht, Bournemouth and Newcastle are all in talks to sign Carter-Vickers this summer with Tottenham looking to rake in a fee of around £10million for his signature – after Spurs chose to activate the 12-month extension available to them. Woodgate thinks he is ready for the Premier League.
“I don’t see no reason why not,” Woodgate told the Echo, when asked if Carter-Vickers could hack the Premier League. “It’s a big jump to the Premier League, but who knows? He’s good enough, he’s got the right mentality, he wants to improve, he’s quick, he’s strong, he reads the game well. He makes good decisions.
“I rate him very highly to be honest, because I know exactly what I’m going to get from him week in, week out. I really like Cam. I really like his personality. Wants to learn, asks questions, wants to get better, I enjoy working with Cam.”
TBR’s View – Good enough for Newcastle, at £10m?
Newcastle are clearly looking to bring in a centre-back this summer, with Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer also linked. But Steve Bruce – perhaps unsurprisingly – is already said to be working with a tight budget and to splash £10million on a player unproven in the Premier League and in and out of form during his numerous Championship loan spells is certainly a risk.
However, he keeps on improving and he was probably up there with the best centre-backs in the division during the second half of the season. Wherever he goes, he needs to play regularly and he might just do that at Newcastle. At £10million, though, he is quite an expensive gamble.
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