Monday morning has brought confirmation that Newcastle are moving closer to a deal to bring Andros Townsend to St James Park.

BBC Sport first broke the story on Saturday that Newcastle had approached Tottenham on Friday about the winger’s availability and now Sky Sports have provided updates on the potential deal.

Sky report that talks are continuing and that an initial loan with a clause triggering a permanent deal could be the most likely outcome between the two clubs.

Newcastle have used this route a number of times when selling players, with Davide Santon and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa joining Inter as AS Roma in this way and then permanent deals becoming sealed when they had played a certain number of matches.

The same was claimed to be the case with Remy Cabella’s deal at Marseille but no confirmation of a permanent deal yet, despite the player having now played the reported number of games necessary for a permanent move.

Sky Sports have also updated on the case of Cheick Tiote, Steve McClaren had confirmed the player had flown for talks with Shanghai Shenhua to complete his transfer.

The broadcaster saying that talks have been ongoing over the weekend and an announcement could be made confirming the move to China as early as today (Monday).

A fee of £5m is now being put against the Ivory Coast midfielder and sounds a little more believable than the initial £8m price tag that was being talked about initially.