Hughes offered a deal to tempt him to stay at Boundary Park

Last updated : 06 January 2005 By The Chairman
Mark Hughes has been offered a deal to tempt him to stay at Boundary Park. Hughes is the third and final loanee that manager Brian Talbot is keen to acquire on a longer deal. Hughes is demanding high personal terms but Talbot has made his final offer to the young Tottenham player which would keep him at Boundary Park for 18 months. It’s a case of take it or leave it now for the 21 year old. Spurs have offered to release him from his contract if he can get a permanent move fixed up.

Talbot said, “We would like to take him full-time, but the offer which is on the table is final. We think it’s reasonable, and we have told Mark and his agent that it isn’t going to change. If we can’t agree terms he will eventually go back to Tottenham, although that probably wouldn’t happen until after a third month on loan. Mark has agreed to stay when his second month runs out, but beyond that it’s entirely up to him.”

If the move falls through, Hughes would have to return to Spurs at the end of February as league rules would not allow him to stay any longer.