Newcastle and Tottenham are set for a January swap deal once the transfer window opens.

Thursday morning has brought further widespread reports that Newcastle want winger Andros Townsend to supply the bullets for misfiring (and no service) Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Whilst at the same time Tottenham are also reported to be pressing ahead with their interest in signing Ayoze Perez, with the North London club wanting to bring him in as soon as possible in January.

Spurs are said to rate Perez at around the £12m mark, whilst England winger Townsend is rated around the same figure.

Previously, local press in the north east who are close to the club, have claimed that Steve McClaren will be allowed to bring in more signings in January but most of the cash will have to be raised through selling players.

With other clubs not surprisingly disinterested in players who can’t get in a poor Newcastle side, the options will be very limited as to who can be sold to raise any significant cash.

Spurs are flying and are unbeaten since defeat at Old Trafford on the first day of the Premier League season and Andros Townsend has been simply a spectator.

It is over seven months since Townsend was given a Premier League start and has been limited to 64 minutes in substitute appearances this season, whilst he was temporarily dropped from the squad after a public argument with one of the coaches. Despite this, as recently as last month, the winger was playing for England even though he gets so little football.

On the other hand, after Steve McClaren eventually realised his stupidity at playing the likes of Obertan and Cisse ahead of Ayoze Perez, the striker has been a regular in the team.

In fact since his arrival as ‘one for the future’, Perez has featured in 47 of Newcastle’s 51 Premier League games as either a starter or a sub.

It was revealed last night that Steve McClaren has had ‘angry exchanges’ with senior players and accused them of lacking effort and commitment.

Hopefully, if Newcastle players are needed to be traded to raise cash, we’ll see the back of some of those who couldn’t give a damn, rather than our brightest players such as Ayoze Perez.

On the other hand, who would blame him if he wants to escape the madness of Newcastle United.