The Andros Townsend transfer saga had dragged on for what seemed like forever with no sign of any agreement in the pipeline.

There were widespread reports of a large difference in valuations between the two clubs, with Newcastle said to be ready to pay £10m but Spurs insisting on £14m.

However, it has now emerged that Mike Ashley himself broke the deadlock by speaking directly to Tottenham chief Daniel Levy.

The London Evening Standard say that their information is that the deal was sorted when the Newcastle owner intervened and spoke to Daniel Levy.

There were claims in the past that Mike Ashley was actually a Tottenham fan, which he denied. However, it was made clear that the Newcastle owner is friendly with those running the White Hart Lane club.

Andros Townsend is finishing his medical today on Tyneside before signing his contract, assuming there are no last minute problems.

The Evening Standard report that they also understand Andros Townsend will be getting a rise in pay with him set to earn £40,000 a week and a contract at least until June 2020.

However, past experience tells us that the contract is more likely to be a minimum of five and a half years, rather than four and a half.