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Newcastle determined to beat rivals to England international

Andros TownsendNewcastle fans enjoying the festive mulled wine around the Transfer Tavern are delighted to hear that owner Mike Ashley is planning a rethink of his transfer policy and might be beginning to see Tottenham winger Andros Townsend as the player to rejuvenate their squad.

Townsend has not started a league game for Spurs this season, and he looks to be heading toward the club’s exit door. Meanwhile, the Englishman topped off another impressive display for Tottenham’s under-21s by scoring the equaliser against Everton on Monday evening.

With Townsend being frozen out by Spurs manager Maurcio Pochettino, Newcastle are believed to be lining up an £8 million swoop in January.

The 24-year old has not featured for Spurs’ first-team since being involved in a heated exchange with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner on the pitch at White Hart Lane following the 3-1 victory against Aston Villa in early November.

Since then, Townsend has been asked to play for the under-21s in order to maintain his fitness, and the 1-1 draw against Everton marked his third appearance.

But now Townsend is reportedly prepared to leave the capital in the New Year to revive his career, with the Tottenham academy graduate keen on a permanent transfer rather than a loan.

Swansea, Aston Villa, West Brom and Leicester have also been linked with his signature, but Newcastle believe his quick and direct approach could suit their style, whilst manager Steve McClaren is also eager to amend the balance in his squad and incorporate more British players.

The Magpies face a tough task to avoid relegation this season, currently sitting in 15th position, so owner Mike Ashley may be set to sanction a transfer for Townsend in January.

Ashley, who has always considered the overseas market to be better value-for-money than the English market, is prepared to see off any competition for the winger, who has accumulated 10 caps for England.

Since Ashley bought Newcastle in 2007, less than a third of his signings have been English (18 of 59) and none have been as expensive as Townsend.

His previous record purchase for an English player was the £6 million paid to Manchester United for Alan Smith during his very first window as chairman.

Newcastle fans, would Townsend be a good signing? Let us know in the comments below!

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