There’s a report in the Mirror today that both Newcastle United and Aston Villa are interested in signing winger Andros Townsend from Spurs, who has now returned to training after suffering a shoulder injury in pre-season.
Andros himself is also keen on getting regular football this season, so he has a chance of making Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the Euro 2016 Championships in France next summer.
Andros Townsend – Newcastle interested
Tim Sherwood will know all about Andros, after Tim was at Spurs for a number of years as a coach at various levels, including head coach.
Aston Villa also have big money to spend, after getting around £33M from Liverpool for striker Christian Benteke – that’s a massive fee the Red have paid for Benteke.
Andros has played 86 games with 10 goals for Spurs so far, and Spurs want £15M for him, which seems high, but he is an English International, and they tend to go at a high price these days.
He played for most of the England Youth sides and made his full debut for England back in October of 2013 against Montenegro, and he had a great game in the 4-1 win – making one goal and scoring a fantastic goal to be voted the Man of the Match.
But he has since found it difficult to get caps for England, and currently has 9 caps with three goals.
He has spent time on loan getting first team experience at a number of clubs including Ipswich. Milwall, Watford, Leeds United and Birmingham, and while on loan at 9 different clubs in total, he’s made another 110 first team appearances with 11 goals.
His fee of £15M could be a problem for Newcastle, but there again our reported number one winger target is French U21 International Florian Thauvin, and Marseilles want £15M for the 22 year-old.
It’s difficult to know if we are really interested in this player, but we have been linked with him continually over the summer.
What do you think?
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