Andros Townsend is expected to sign for Newcastle ‘in the next 48 hours’ after a transfer saga that previously appeared to be never ending.
The Guardian have broken the story and they report that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has personally intervened to make the deal happen.
The two clubs are said to be willing to compromise on the transfer fee after the original stalemate of Daniel Levy demanding no less than £14m for the winger and Newcastle ‘only’ offering £10m.
Tottenham are in fourth position in the Premier League and only five points off top spot, so Pochettino wants to free up transfer cash/wages and space in his squad, in order to try and bring in a new signing to help their title/Champions League places push.
With Spurs clearly not wanting Andros Townsend and the player totally frozen out of the first team plans, it was surely a situation that couldn’t continue.
Newcastle were also reported to be wanting to take Townsend only on loan originally, with a view to a permanent buy, but Daniel Levy had totally ruled that option out.
With the two clubs coming together on the fee, The Guardian say that Andros Townsend will meet with Newcastle now to agree personal terms.
The winger hasn’t completed a full Premier League match for Spurs in almost two years and has mainly featured for the Under 21 side in recent times.
Whilst news broke of this latest transfer development on Monday night, Andros Townsend was playing the full 90 minutes as Tottenham Under 21s lost 2-0 against Liverpool at the home of Chester City. The match report on the official Tottenham website reports that the 24 year old was lively throughout the match and Spurs’ biggest threat on the night, putting in a number of dangerous crosses.
Andros Townsend also posted a message on his Twitter account (see below) after last night’s match, which people have interpreted as backing up the transfer claims, with the player apparently indicating that his days at Spurs and playing for the Under 21s are over:
‘Been an absolute pleasure playing with the u21 boys the last 3 or 4 months!’
If the deal does finally go through, at least Newcastle will be getting somebody who is fit after regular football recently, albeit at Under 21 level.
Whether Andros Townsend proves the answer to at least part of Newcastle United’s problems remains to be seen…
Been an absolute pleasure playing with the u21 boys the last 3 or 4 months! ? pic.twitter.com/twToa07moe
— andros townsend (@andros_townsend) January 25, 2016