Toon tracking £18m Spurs target - reports

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Newcastle United have joined the race to sign Blackburn Rovers starlet Junior Hoilett - a long-term target of Tottenham Hotspur.

The Daily Mail reports that Steve Kean has slapped an £18 million price-tag on the 21-year-old, with negotiations over a new contract continuing to stall and his current deal set to expire in the summer.

Rovers remain hopeful that the Canadian can be persuaded to stay in Lancashire, but Magpies boss Alan Pardew is claimed to have been monitoring the situation with regards to a possible January move.

The Toon have made a stunning start to the Barclays Premier League campaign, and sit third in the table after going undefeated in ten games at St James' Park, defying the critics.

Pardew made no secret of his desire to bring in a striker at Newcastle United in the summer transfer window to replace Andy Carroll, and whilst Hoilett is not an out-and-out forward, his versatility makes him an option in the forward position.

Indeed, the winger showed his goalscoring capabilities against Newcastle United earlier in the season, scoring the only goal for the visitors in a 3-1 defeat on September 24th. Demba Ba bagged a hat-trick for the Magpies.

Tottenham Hotspur are thought to have been monitoring the player's progress for several months now, and were linked with a move for the player in the summer.

Harry Redknapp told talkSPORT earlier in the week that Spurs were unlikely to make transfer changes in the New Year, but Hoilett is a long-term target who could persuade the club to change their plans.

His arrival would likely be funded by a player exit in January, with Roan Pavlyuchenko the favourite to leave White Hart Lane after Redknapp admitted he may have to let the player go last month if he wants regular first team football - something the Russian is struggling to get at Tottenham Hotspur.

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