Sunderland star: Let me stay!

Alan Hutton wants to make his stay on Wearside a permanent one.

The Spurs right-back, who joined in the January transfer window, is on loan at Sunderland until the end of the season when he will return to White Hart Lane.

But the Scottish international, currently making his way back to the side after recovering from a groin injury, says he hopes to be able to call Wearside home for a lot longer.

At the moment, Hutton is focused on simply trying to make an impression at Sunderland, where he has impressed manager Steve Bruce with a series of sound defensive displays, coupled with a desire to get down the wing to attack whenever possible.

Those performances have not been lost on Bruce, who has been a long-standing admirer of Hutton's and has made him his first choice in the right-back role since his arrival.

Bruce is keen to keep the 25-year-old – and the feeling is mutual, despite Spurs boss Harry Redknapp saying last week that Newcastle had also expressed an interest in the player.

"I'd heard rumours that Steve Bruce was interested in me for a while but when you're at another club, you just concentrate on the job in hand," said Hutton.

"You try and put the talk to the back of your mind and let other people deal with it. But the loan move happened in January and of course I'd love to stay.

"It's a massive club and I get on really well with the manager and the rest of the team. They have got everything in place and they are building for the future."

Hutton came to Sunderland to play regular football after struggling to regain his place at White Hart Lane following his recovery from a broken metatarsal he suffered 18 months ago.

He had played every game for Sunderland since arriving at the beginning of February until a groin injury kept him out of the games against Liverpool and Spurs – although he would have had to sit out the Spurs game in any event as Premier League rules prevent loan players playing against their parent club.

Hutton was fit for Sunderland's trip to West Ham at the weekend but was an unused substitute at Upton Park, alongside fellow right-back Phil Bardsley – Anton Ferdinand getting the nod against his former club.

But Hutton has every chance of returning to the starting 11 this Saturday with the visit of Burnley to the Stadium of Light and is eager to showcase his qualities again.

"I came here desperate to play games," he said.

"Playing games is all you want to do and, to be fair, I was doing that at Spurs until I had my injury.

"But it was hard for me at Tottenham when I came back from the injury, and I didn't seem to get on with the manager all that well.

"But I came here to get playing regularly again, do well and then take it from there. I'll do my best between now and the end of the season and see where that takes me."

If Sunderland are to sign Hutton, they will have to steel themselves for another summer of lengthy talks with stubborn Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who proved a tough negotiator last summer, with Darren Bent's 10m club record move to Sunderland dragging on for weeks before it was completed.

And if Spurs are looking to recoup anything like the 9m they paid for Hutton to bring him to the capital from Rangers, it could be another protracted deal as Sunderland value him at nearer the 4-5m mark.