St James’ Park side keen on White Hart Lane bit-part player.
St James’ Park boss Steve McClaren is the latest manager to display an interest in the 23-year-old England international who made just 10 Premier League starts in 2014/15.
The Daily Express claims that Aston Villa and Sunderland are also keen on Townsend with White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy wanting a fairly hefty £15m for the wide-man.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino rarely used Townsend, preferring instead to turn to the likes of Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela as his wide-attacking options, and the Tottenham man’s displays at national team level have certainly surpassed the attacker’s performances for his North London employers.
Townsend is now a regular in Roy Hodgson’s England set-up and his record of three goals in nine appearances for the Three Lions is a far better return than his three goal haul in 47 Premier League matches.
Things certainly look brighter at Newcastle United under McClaren with Magpies owner Mike Ashley apparently happy to bankroll the new manager’s moves in the transfer market.
Newcastle United have brought in Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum in a reported £14.5m deal (via BBC Sport) and are said to be close to signing Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic (via Sky Sports).