Andros Townsend may finally be on his way out at Tottenham, as the winger looks set to join Newcastle United.
Townsend has played just 64 minutes of Premier League football this season, exiled to the reserves following a training ground bust-up with a fitness coach in November.
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Tottenham was holding out for a figure of around $20 million for the player, but The Guardian is reporting that manager Mauricio Pochettino personally stepped in to help facilitate Townsend’s move, with Newcastle willing to pay somewhere closer to the $15 million range.
Despite his recent lack of first-team playing time, Townsend has impressed with the under-21’s and has proven his talents as a Premier League player. The 24-year-old has made nearly 100 appearances for Tottenham and has earned ten caps for the England national team.
With Townsend hoping to make Roy Hodgson’s England squad for this summer’s EURO championship, the winger was keen on a January move away from Spurs to get more first-team minutes.
For Newcastle, the move would add some pace and skill to the attack, giving Georginio Wijnaldum another option moving forward.
Should the deal go through, Townsend would join Jonjo Shelvey as another young, outcasted midfielder to move to Newcastle this transfer window. Both Shelvey and Townsend have been heralded for their abilities but questioned for some off-the-pitch issues, which forced the players out at their former clubs.