Newcastle were reported to be increasingly confident last week of being able to reach a loan deal to bring Spurs winger Andros Townsend to the club in the January transfer window, but the Star is now reporting that deal could be jeopardy and there are a couple of reasons for that.
First of all there were reports over the weekend the 24-year-old England winger could be involved in a swap deal for West Brom striker Saido Berahino.
Andros Townsend – used as bait for Saido Berahino
Berahino has also been linked with Newcastle, Manchester United and Chelsea, but we have absolutely no chance of getting the player to Tyneside – not when we will be struggling against relegation in January.
The main goal for Newcastle this season has to be to stay in the Premier League because we’ve made such a terrible start to the season.
And we seem to have become a real relegation candidate after the last two desperate displays against Leicester and Crystal Palace.
The Star are also reporting that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino wants Townsend to stay at Spurs where he says Andros still has a future.
But it’s very unlikely that Townsend will stay at Tottenham this season when he’s getting little playing time and he desperately wants to make the England squad for the European championships in France next summer.
Newcastle getting Townsend in could depend on whether or not Spurs can use the winger as a makeweight in their attempts to sign striker Saido Berahino in January after they just failed go get him in over the summer.
But Newcastle are going to find it that much more difficult to attract good players to the club if we are in the bottom three in January and that has to be a growing concern for those who are running the club.