West Ham keen to ditch £10m star and sign Tottenham international as replacement - Report

Andros Townsend

West Ham are credited with interest in Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend.

A favourite of Roy Hodgson's for England, Andros Townsend can't get a game for Tottenham.

He has played only 90 minutes in the Premier League this season, stretched out over three appearances.

Out of favour with Mauricio Pochettino, speculation is mounting the winger could be sold in January.

The Telegraph report West Ham are interested, and could buy him to replace Matt Jarvis.

The paper write: "West Ham United, who will look to offload Matt Jarvis in January, are also admirers of Townsend, who is desperate to play regular first-team football."

Would such a move be a good one? Here's how the two players compare, using data from 2013/14, and the limited appearances both have made this season, combined.

  TeamGoalsAssistsKey PassesOn Target Shooting AccuracyCrossing AccuracyAppearances
Matthew Jarvis West Ham 2 3 30 40% 20% 33
Andros Townsend Tottenham 1 0 29 36% 19% 28

Jarvis comes out superior in five key categories compared to Townsend, with better shooting and crossing accuracy, although his one additional key pass can be accounted to the fact he has played five more games.

Nonetheless, it's far from cut and dry that Townsend coming in would be an upgrade, although signing a player with his potential adds further pace into West Ham's attack and would fit the club's desire to continue playing attacking football.

If West Ham can add Townsend, and keep Jarvis then they will considerably add to their strength in depth, and continue to push for places in the top half of the table.

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