Sunderland boss, Steve Bruce, was set to be active on the final day of the transfer window. A number of targets were mentioned in the rumour mill, although a defender or two were top priority.
Bruce, therefore, has signed Alan Hutton from Tottenham Hotspur on loan for the rest of the season. The 25 year old right back who is a Scottish international, has been up in the North East all weekend thrashing out details of his contract as well as having a medical.
This ends Bruce’s search for a right back as attempts to sign Guy Demel and Habib Beye were nipped in the bud as both players had priced themselves out of a move to the SOL due to their excessive wage demands.
This is a welcome move for both Sunderland and the player himself, as Hutton needs to start playing regularly if he wants to break back into the Scotland set-up and Bruce will see this signing as a welcome boost as he looks to tighten up a defence that has been conceding goals at an alarming rate.
Hutton is a robust type of full back who does’nt shirk a tackle and is equally impressive at going forward, he is similar to ex SAFC right back Chris Makin and the fans will take to him straight away.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been keen to get rid of Hutton for a while, who cost £9m from Rangers a couple of years ago. Big things were expected of Hutton but a succession of injuries and confidence deserted him and he eventually was dropped from the side.
Things went from bad to worse when Spurs bought another right back in the shape of Vedran Corluka from Manchester City, his impressive displays limited the Scots chances of getting into the side.
Hutton only managed to make a dozen appearances in two seasons and a move was on the cards. Sunderland had made an attempt to sign him in the summer of 2009 but all attempts were rebuffed as the Scot wanted to fight for his place.
Now Steve Bruce’s quest for a quality right back has finally ended as he has finally got his man and hopes this will steady the ship at the back. Personally this is a good signing for the club and lets hope Bruce can now go and get a quality left back.
As for Hutton, well its an opportunity for him to play football regularly again and if he hits form of his Rangers days only then can he have thoughts of breaking into the Scotland side.