So where could the imposing centre midfielder end up?
The Turkish side had a brief brush with glory with Champions League campaigns recently but were bought back to earth by a disappointing 8th place finish last season. This summer they have already showed their ambition to get back to the top by bringing in Fernando Belluschi from Porto and former Stoke and Middlesbrough striker Sanli Tuncay. Tom would struggle to find English friends at most teams in Turkey or Russia but not here; number one goalkeeper is former West Brom and Liverpool keeper Scott Carson who would ease a difficult transition.
This club have quite possibly been linked with every man and his dog this summer with little actual success in the market but a move for the talented Tom Huddlestone would still represent a good deal for the reigning Turkish champions and with bitter rivals Fenerbahce signing Raul Meireles this week Gala would remain the biggest option in Turkey for the exquisite passer. He would also have former Premier League company in the form of Emmanuel Eboue, Albert Riera, Milan Baros and Johan Elmander at the club.
The big spenders in Russia just brought in Lassana Diarra but would jump at the chance to sign Tom Huddlestone. Why would Tom consider a move to the controversial Dagestan side? Two names; Samuel Eto’o and Guus Hiddink.
The transfer window in France doesn’t run out until midnight today. Teams such as Lyon, Lille, Rennes and Bordeaux are still reported to be doing business and it would be a less dramatic switch from English life for Tom. He could also follow in the footsteps of Joe Cole last season and Joseph Barton who moved to Marseille this summer.
This is the most likely deal if there is substance in the Eastern Europe rumours as Lokomotiv’s manager is the opinion dividing former Everton and West Ham manager Slaven Bilic. A manager such as Bilic brings with him a lure not to mention the opportunity to play with 2 former team-mates in the form of Vedran Corluka and Roman Pavyluchenko which would also make a deal much more appealing. Watch this space on this one.
One thing that is for sure is that a season abroad could do Tom a load of good rather then sitting on the bench at Spurs and none of these possibilities should be shirked at.
What do you think should Tom move abroad?
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