Newcastle have agreed a £12million fee for
England Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, according to widespread reports.
After several rounds of talks this month, Magpies managing director Lee Charnley was able to deliver the news head coach Steve McClaren wanted to hear when a deal for a player he has targeted throughout January was struck on Tuesday morning.
It is understood Townsend, whose situation has also been monitored by Southampton, is keen to push through the move after slipping out of the reckoning at White Hart Lane following a difference of opinion with a member of Mauricio Pochettino’s staff.
Daniel Storey dubbed him ‘the man caught in purgatory’. At least he’ll play at St James’ Park.
The 24-year-old will now head for Tyneside to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms, although no hitches are expected with his camp having indicated his readiness to rekindle his career at St James’ Park.
England international Townsend has not played for Spurs since the 2-1 Europa League defeat at Anderlecht on October 22, and has had to be content with run-outs for the club’s under-21s since.
“As soon as I knew of Newcastle’s interest they were the only club I wanted to join,” Townsend told Sky Sports. “Two of the biggest positions you can play in football are centre-forward or winger. I could not turn that down.
He added: “I can’t wait to play my first game at St James’ Park. I am excited.”