Reports in the USA claim Newcastle United have opened dialogue with Tottenham over the possible signing of defender Cameron Carter-Vickers this summer.
The 23-year-old has been with Spurs since 2009, coming up through the youth ranks before making his senior debut in September 2016. However, the USA international has yet to feature in the Premier League, making only four cup appearances for the north Londoners. Born in Southend, the stocky centre-back has enjoyed loan stints with Sheffield United, Ipswich, Swansea, Stoke and Luton.
And, surplus to requirements once again, he was sent to Bournemouth for 2020-2021. He enjoyed a decent spell with the Cherries, helping Jonathan Woodgate’s side to the play-offs.
However, they came up short, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Brentford in the semi-finals. He will now return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but is unlikely to play for the club again.
Last November it was reported that plans were already afoot to offload him at the end of the season. Carter-Vickers will be entering the final 12 months of his contact and American outlet SBI Soccer say Spurs want £10m for his signature.
It remains to be seen if anyone is prepared to pay that amount but the Magpies are said to be keen. There is reportedly competitions from other clubs, with Bournemouth themselves thought to hold an interest.
Carter-Vickers ‘needs a home’
Belgian giants Anderlecht have also tested the water but Newcastle may have stolen a march in their pursuit. Assistant coach Graeme Jones knows the stopper well from when he was in charge of Luton.
And the former Wigan forward was also instrumental in his move to the south-coast outfit last summer. It remains to be seen if that helps smooth a move to St James’ Park.
He is a player that Woodgate rates highly. And the former Magpies defender was full of praise for the youngster after the play-off heartache.
“Cam, since I’ve been here, he does what it says on the tin,” he said. “He’s mister consistent. I know exactly what I’m going to get from him week in, week out.
“He loves defending. 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.”
The 41-year-old believes that it is now high time he put down roots and began to prove his worth.
”In my view, he needs to find a home,” he added. “He needs to find a home and really cement a home and have that place where he’s going to play week in, week out.”