An exclusive has been reported this morning, which would see Andros Townsend moving to Newcastle on an initial loan until the end of the season, but with a £12m option attached for a permanent deal.

The London Evening Standard say that their information is that Spurs chief Daniel Levy was holding out for a straight £14m deal but nobody was willing to pay it.

Not exactly surprising seen as it is 22 months since Andros Townsend completed a full 90 minutes in the Premier League, the 24 year in total having only started 34 PL matches in his entire career, scoring five goals.

Whilst Spurs understandably wanted a permanent sale, according to the Evening Standard both Townsend and Newcastle preferred the loan with option to buy first.

Newcastle to put any cash outlay into next season’s spending, whilst Andros Townsend is said to want to be able to then ‘consider his longer term options’ in the summer, in other words he doesn’t want to end up stuck at a team who could end up in the Championship…

Serie A club Fiorentina were interested but could get nowhere near Townsend’s wages, whilst Watford are said to have offered a £37,000 a week deal but Newcastle’s offer is in excess of £40,000 per week.

Watford have also now signed Malaga’s Nordin Amrabat for over £6m, which may mean they have ended their interest anyway.

As for Newcastle, the Evening Standard say that they understand if the bid for Andros Townsend falls down at the last minute, their next best target is Aston Villa’s Scott Sinclair, another player who has been repeatedly linked with Newcastle since his Swansea days.

Reports from France this morning had said Florian Thauvin had agreed a wage cut directly with Marseille and his loan move was only waiting for Newcastle and Townsend to reach agreement.