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Spurs and Newcastle on standby as contract talks stall

Tottenham are set to rival Newcastle for the signature of Junior Hoilett with the Canadian yet to agree a new deal to stay at Blackburn the Metro understands.

The exciting winger has been in blistering form in 2011 and has won a legion of admirers but with only a year left on his contract he could be his way out of Ewood Park.

Hoilett seems reluctant to put pen-to-paper on a new deal and that could open the door for Newcastle and Tottenham who are in the market for players in his mould.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew tried to bring the 21-year-old to St James’ Park in the summer only for Steve Kean to persuade his father and agent that staying in Lancashire was better for his development.

Kean praised the winger, who really came of age last season, during the summer stating he thinks Hoilett could go right to the very top.

The Rovers boss said: “He can be top, top notch. He can go all the way to being a very, very special player in this league.”

However a poor start to the season and early relegation worries at Ewood Park could lead to him reconsidering his options especially with Spurs now interested in his services.

Harry Redknapp’s side are in the Europa League and are also chasing fourth place in the Premier League and know a player like Hoilett would provide a massive boost in their quest for Champions League football.

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