By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Stoke City are renegotiating their move for Tom Huddlestone after the Tottenham midfielder failed a medical at the club, Goal.com can reveal.
The season-long loan deal was put on hold after Stoke medical staff discovered in the examination at the end of last week that Huddlestone has a chronic ankle problem.
The 25-year-old made only three appearances for Spurs last season after undergoing two operations on his ankle.
Stoke are still keen on pushing through a temporary move for the England international but want to reduce their financial commitment in case he breaks down again.
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It is believed that the Potters have agreed to pay a loan fee of around £500,000 but want assurances that Huddlestone could return to White Hart Lane if he gets injured, with Spurs covering the costs of his wages.
The Londoners are hopeful terms can be agreed with Stoke before Friday’s transfer deadline.
Spurs believe Huddlestone must leave on loan to build his mobility and sharpness but they are not ready to close the door on his future at the club, and are likely to insist on a recall option in January.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has spoken of his admiration for Huddlestone and his team-mate Michael Dawson, who is also surplus to requirements under the new manager.
“Huddlestone and Dawson and people like that would improve us and make us a better team, but whether you're Arsenal or Stoke City, you have a level to what you can spend and who you can bring in and we have to work to that level,” Pulis said.