There is news coming through from Sky Sports and the Star that a deal is very close between Spurs and Newcastle for the Tyneside club to sign Andros Townsend – the 24 year-old England International winger who is keen to join Newcastle.
We reported this morning that negotiations were underway to sign Townsend, who would cost around £12M, and those talks are now said to be at an advanced stage.
Andros Townsend – close to signing for Newcastle
The Star is reporting that a deal is very close to being completed.
Steve McClaren is keen to get the England winger to Newcastle and it seems he will be successful for a second time this week in getting an experienced Premier League English International to sign for the Magpies.
On Tuesday Jonjo Shelvey signed for Newcastle from Swansea and will make his debut tomorrow against West Ham – the team he supported as a boy growing up in east London.
While the Star is reporting a deal is very close Sky Sports is reporting negotiations are underway.
BREAKING: Sky sources: Newcastle in talks with Tottenham to sign winger Andros Townsend. #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) January 15, 2016
Steve McClaren has talked to Andros and has already devised a plan to get him fit and ready to play for Newcastle as soon as possible, since he hasn’t played for the Tottenham first team since last October.
Like Jonjo, Townsend is keen to get games with Newcastle, because he wants to get into the England squad for the Euro 2016 tournament in France in June and if both Englishmen play well for Newcastle there’s no reason both couldn’t make the England squad.
However, that would probably mean England manager Roy Hodgson would have to make at least one long journey up to St. James’ Park to watch them play.
If Newcastle can make this deal final it would be the third deal in five days for two Englishmen and a Senegal midfielder – Henri Saivet from Bordeaux – for a combined transfer fee of around £30M.
That would be a gross transfer outlay of around £82M since the end of last season.
How much will it cost to keep us in the Premier League this season?
Once we hopefully sign Andros we still need a top striker brought in.
What do you think?