Date: 15th March 2009 at 10:51am
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Newcastle United are ready to trump Tottenham Hotspurs’ hopes of landing highly-rated Huddersfield youngster Alex Smithies, reports The People.

Reports also confirm that United coach Colin Calderwood was sent by the club’s bosses to watch the talented 19-year-old in midweek at The Terriers’ draw against MK Dons.

Smithies has been chased by a host of Premiership clubs over the past year, and it is understood that the Magpies are now in pole position to sign him.