Newcastle United have been linked with a loan move for exciting Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp.

Steve Bruce is desperate for midfield reinforcements this summer and Arsenal's Joe Willock, who impressed scoring eight goals during a loan spell with the Magpies last term, remains United's number one target.

But Chronicle Live understands Newcastle are mapping out some potential replacements and reports have suggested Skipp, who spent last season on loan with Championship title winners Norwich City, is on their list.

It remains to be seen whether Tottenham see his short term future away from North London but they have huge plans in the future for the 20-year-old England under-21 international.

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Skipp is highly rated within the game as well and a number of high profile managers have spoken publicly about their admiration for him.

As such, Chronicle Live has rounded up what those in the game have said about the reported Newcastle United transfer target.

Jose Mourinho dubs him 'Tottenham's future'

After signing a new deal at Spurs, former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho declared Skipp a 'future' captain at the North London club.

"I'm really happy [he's signed a new deal]. Everybody in the club is, his team-mates are, I am and Skippy is or not he wouldn't sign the contract. I think he's genuinely Tottenham's future," Mourinho told Football.London.

"He's one of these players by human quality, by personality, he is one of these kids that I have no doubt he will be an important player for Tottenham. Sometimes coaches are selfish and I told him that.

Former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho and Oliver Skipp
Former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho and Oliver Skipp

"I never told him I want him to go on loan, I always told him I wanted him to stay here, because that's the selfish perspective of a coach who wants the best possible squad. In his mind he wants to go on loan, six months, the whole season.

"He feels that he needs that, I also feel that would be good for his evolution, so maybe that is the direction we go.

"I think he can be more than a player, he can be a future captain here. Hugo, Harry. I see this kid being one day a future captain here by his character, by his personality. I feel really happy that he signed."

'Perfect business' for Daniel Farke and Norwich City

Skipp joined Norwich on a season-long loan deal and made 47 appearances last term as he helped inspire the Canaries to the Championship title.

"He was one of my biggest wishes to bring in last summer, so compliments to Stuart Webber for making it happen," Farke is quoted as saying on Pink Un.

"I can only praise Olly and Tottenham. This was perfect business."

18 going on 30 according to Pochettino

Another former Spurs manager who rated Skipp highly was Mauricio Pochettino, who handed him his first Premier League start as an 18-year-old.

"Fantastic, fantastic, I think he played like a 30-year-old man," Pochettino told Football.London.

"So relaxed, trying to play forward and trying to give the team what the team needs, plenty of energy, full energy, I am so proud of him. I think everyone is proud of him."

Speaking about his future in the game, Pochettino added: "He’s a proper midfielder, a very talented midfielder. He links the game well, always looking forward, very aggressive, his energy is amazing and he’s such a clever guy off the pitch as well as on it, that’s so important for the team.

"He’s a top player and a top kid and I’m sure he will have a very successful career.”

Mauricio Pochettino with Oliver Skipp

The England pair he is keen to emulate

In a recent interview with Football.London, Skipp revealed he is keen to pick the brains of, and eventually emulate, Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice.

"Declan Rice has played over 100 Premier League games and he's not too much older than me, so he'd definitely be the one I'd be looking to talk to and just to see how he's going about it," Skipp said.

"Obviously Henderson is a Champions League winner so they are definitely players that you can learn off, watch and see what they do.

"I think with Henderson and Rice a big, a big part of their game is their leadership qualities. You see, on the pitch, the vocal demanding, positive attitude.

"Sometimes Liverpool release a clip of where you can actually hear, hear the players and you just listen to Henderson throughout the game driving that team on and I just found that fascinating just watching him, and definitely something with the experience that you gain I can add to my game for sure."

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The former Newcastle captain comparison

Speaking back in 2019, former Tottenham captain compared Skipp to former Newcastle skipper Scott Parker.

He is a tremendous young player,” King told Sky Sports.

“The first time I saw him was in preseason against Barcelona. He played really well that day. I was really impressed.

“The manager is a big fan of his. For someone so young, he has got great maturity. He got composure on the ball. He likes a tackle as well. He reminds be a little of Scott Parker. He is one for the future, that’s for sure.”