Junior Hoilett’s days at Blackburn Rovers may be numbered as negotiations have reportedly ‘broken down’ or ‘stalled’.
The main sticking point seems to be a release clause that Blackburn want written into the new contract, similar to the £16.5m figure in Phil Jones’ that was activated by Manchester United in the summer.
The club claim that the player is close to signing a new deal at Ewood Park and deny he has turned any offers down.
But Hoilett and his advisers say they are not prepared to accept this new amendment. And that is the real crux of the issue; the player is out of contract in the summer and does not want to tie himself on a long term deal to a team that could well face a relegation struggle if he can just walk away at the end of this season.
As always, Tottenham are ‘monitoring the situation’. He is a versatile player with pace and power who can play on either wing, but given Spurs attacking options, the 21-year-old could face considerable bench time. If he did make the switch to White Hart Lane it is likely that the Canadian-born midfielder would be used as an impact player, and if he was picked up on a free he could well be worth a gamble.
But should a player who has only had one impressive season start looking for a move away? Blackburn especially will be hoping for some loyalty from a player they nurtured through their ranks into the Premier League.
Newcastle were linked with Hoilett in the summer, but Keane was able to persuade him to stay, unsurprisingly their name has resurfaced again.
Blackburn Rovers say they remain ‘calm’ over contract talks and that they are unaware of any firm interest from elsewhere.
The fortunes of both player and club are intertwined; If he can commit to the club and show he has the stomach for a relegation fight then Blackburn have a chance of staying in the Premier League, if their star player drags his heels fearing relegation then they may well be doomed already.
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