Report: Newcastle lead four-club race to sign £10m ‘Mr Consistent’ from PL rival
Newcastle United lead a four-club race to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers this summer, according to SBI.
Spurs will likely sell the United States international during the transfer window as he enters the final year of his contract. Carter-Vickers is eager to avoid seeing out his deal on the bench in north London and hopes to secure regular playing time.
The 23-year-old spent last season on loan in the Championship with Bournemouth and helped the Cherries reach the play-offs. But he had to wait until January to make his debut after sustaining ankle ligament damage in training.
Carter-Vickers is yet to make his Premier League debut, having only featured on the Tottenham bench 17 times. He is now coming off his sixth loan move away from north London, after prior spells at Sheffield United, Ipswich, Swansea, Stoke and Luton Town.
Newcastle could offer Carter-Vickers his top-flight bow with Steve Bruce’s side heading a four-club race for the Tottenham centre-back. Bournemouth are also keen to retain the eight-cap enforcer on a permanent deal, but face second-tier competition.
Cardiff are keen to take Carter-Vickers back to Wales, while Fulham are lining up a bid following their relegation. However, Spurs value their academy product at close to $14million (£10m) after playing a key role in the Cherries backline.
Carter-Vickers only sat out three fixtures across all competitions for Bournemouth after returning from injury in January. He also started all 26 of his appearances on the south coast last season, while offering a goal and an assist.
Tottenham man Carter-Vickers a risk for Newcastle
Bruce is currently weighing up options to improve the Newcastle backline, but a move for Carter-Vickers could be a risk. The Tottenham product has a wealth of Championship experience to his name but is yet to play in the top-flight.
No Premier League club has loaned the 23-year-old before, either, with his spells away from Spurs spent in the second-tier. Newcastle would certainly look more positively on spending £10m on Carter-Vickers had he already played in the top-flight.
But Jonathan Woodgate was full of praise for Carter-Vickers during his time at Bournemouth on loan. The Cherries bold told the Daily Echo last month: “He does what it says on the tin. He’s ‘Mr Consistent’. I know exactly what I’m going to get from him week in, week out.
“He loves defending [and] he loves keeping clean sheets, he’s like that. He defends first and foremost and that’s what I want in my team. I want defenders to defend and attackers to attack, Cam does that.”
Could Newcastle be the team to give Carter-Vickers his top-flight break away from Tottenham? There are seemingly reasons to be optimistic over his potential, but the Toon would be paying a fair sum for an unproven talent.
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