Last week saw claims of a potential swap deal between Newcastle and Tottenham, with Andros Townsend and Ayoze Perez supposedly swapping clubs in January.
Spurs were said to rate Perez at around the £12m mark, whilst England winger Townsend is rated around the same figure.
Newcastle fans reacted to the rumours with the overwhelming view that Newcastle would be getting the worst of that potential deal, though many supporters would still be interested in Townsend as a stand alone signing.
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.
However, it is over seven months since Townsend was given his last 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 October, the winger was playing for England even though he gets so little football.
Now there has been a further development with Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy saying that he won’t stand in Mauricio Pochettino’s way if he wants to let Andros Townsend leave.
In stark contrast to the transfer policy mess we have under Mike Ashley, Levy says it is solely the Spurs’ manager’s decision as to who stays and goes.
You can only imagine as well that Daniel Levy will be more than happy if Tottenham can offload a player who Pochettino clearly doesn’t rate, especially if his manager is looking to strengthen in the upcoming transfer window.
Both Newcastle and Sunderland were linked with a potential loan deal for Townsend but Sam Allardyce has now responded to that by saying that, saying Sunderland already have DeAndre Yedlin on loan from Spurs, which means they aren’t allowed to take another player on loan from that same Premier League club.
“If the football side say it affects the equilibrium of the squad if we have a player (Andros Townsend) that doesn’t want to be here then we will look at it.
“In the end, it is up to Mauricio Pochettino to decide who he does or doesn’t want.”