A 12 million pound fee for English winger Andros Townsend has been agreed upon by fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur and relegation battling Newcastle United, who will be hoping that this is the signing that helps them crawl out of the drop zone.
The 24-year old had been linked with a move away from the club with a number of mid-table clubs like Southampton and Crystal Palace chasing his signature. But it is relegation battling Newcastle United, who after having negotiated with the Spurs officials, have landed the young Englishman.
A new chance to shine
The winger is extremely happy to have the chance to play for the Magpies, and will be looking to make the most of this new opportunity to resurrect his footballing career. As soon as I knew of Newcastle’s interest they were the only club I wanted to join,” said Townsend, according to The Guardian.
“Two of the best positions you can play in football are centre-forward and left wing at Newcastle. Now I’ve got the chance [to play the latter role] I couldn’t turn them down. I can’t wait to play my first game at St James’ Park. I’m excited.”
No opportunities at Spurs
Townsend was condemned to train with the junior team since falling out with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, because of a public spat with the club’s fitness coach back in November after a win against Aston Villa. The winger was earlier considered to be a hot prospect for the club and was a highly rated graduate of the Tottenham academy.
However, he has not completed the full 90 minutes of a game for the Spurs in two years and has only had 64 minutes of league football this season. He is the latest signing by the Magpies, after Jonjo Shelvey was brought in from Swansea City, and they will be hoping that the new players will aid them in the struggle to avoid relegation.