Newcastle United have apparently agreed a fee with Tottenham Hotspur for winger Andros Townsend.
Reports overnight claimed that a deal had been struck at £10.5m, but Sky Sports claims that Newcastle will in fact pay £12m for the England international, who is out of favour at White Hart Lane.
The agreement comes weeks after negotiations began between the two Premier League clubs, and the Magpies were thought to have cooled their interest after Spurs stood firm over their £14m price tag.
However, it is understood that manager Mauricio Pochettino personally intervened to request that Townsend was granted his move to St James’ Park in order to allow him more regular football.
The 24-year-old has not played for Tottenham’s senior side since October and was dropped from the first-team squad for two weeks in November after a spat with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner.
He has been making frequent appearances for Tottenham’s U21 side in recent weeks to maintain his fitness levels and ensure that he is raring to go if he were to leave North London this January.
It seems that his Spurs exit is getting ever closer, and Townsend will hope to use the second half of the season to help Newcastle away from relegation trouble and mount a claim for Euro 2016 inclusion.
Steve McClaren’s side are 18th in the table and two points from safety, but have already invested £16m on midfielders Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet in a bid to guarantee that they will stay up this term.
West Bromwich Albion and Watford had both been credited with an interest in the Tottenham academy graduate, but Townsend had allegedly made it clear to Spurs that Newcastle was his preferred move.
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