Ipswich Town line up Spurs youngster Massimo Luongo
PAUL Jewell has pinpointed Spurs youngster Massimo Luongo as a man to bring a youthful edge to the heart of his midfield.
We understand the Blues boss has identified the 19-year-old talented Australian for a season-long loan as he continues his drive towards a more youthful squad.
Luongo signed for Tottenham in January 2011 and made his debut in last season’s defeat to Stoke City in the Carling Cup where he missed a spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out.
While the change in management at White Hart Lane might delay things, the central midfielder has been identified as someone who could benefit from a lower league loan spell.
It leaves Jewell at the front of the queue thanks to his close connections with the North London giants, as revealed by the Star on Monday.
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The Blues boss has forged links with the club through Tim Sherwood, who remains on the coaching staff under new boss Andre Villas-Boas, as well as ex-manager Harry Redknapp, not to mention Bryan Klug leaving Spurs to rejoin Ipswich as academy head.
Jewell targeted a new addition to the heart of his midfield after losing former skipper Grant Leadbitter, who declined a new contract to sign for Tony Mowbray’s Middlesbrough.
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While the club are fairly well-stocked in that area, with Andy Drury, Luke Hyam, Jimmy Bullard and Ryan Stevenson, the manager believes a loan addition would add to his options.
As he has suggested, he might have to be patient while all Premier League clubs finalise their squads for the season ahead but fans will be excited about the prospect of a Spurs midfielder joining on loan – and following in the footsteps of Giovani dos Santos, Andros Townsend and Jake Livermore.
Luongo has represented Australia Under-20s on two occasions and been called up for training camps in Europe with the full senior national team.
He is also eligible to play for Italy on his father’s side or the Indonesian national football team due his mother’s birth.