Report: Newcastle and Sunderland join Villa in race for Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend

Aston Villa, Swansea City, Newcastle United and Sunderland are all said to be keen on Spurs winger Andros Townsend.

According to a report in The Sun, Newcastle United and Sunderland have joined the race to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s out of favour winger Andros Townsend.

The 23-year-old Spurs star featured sparingly last season under Mauricio Pochettino, starting just 10 Premier League fixtures which soon prompted speculation over his future.

As per a report in the Mirror, Swansea City and Aston Villa were credited with an interest in the winger with the latter the most likely proposition due to the Tim Sherwood connection.

The Villa boss worked with Townsend while managing Spurs, and his fine form under Sherwood saw him earn international recognition and had it not been for injury he would have gone to the World Cup.

However, the Villans are seemingly in a real battle for his signature as the latest reports from The Sun claim Newcastle United and Sunderland are also eyeing Townsend as an ideal summer acquisition.

What can the North East duo offer Andros Townsend?

With competition for places strong at Spurs, Townsend arguably needs to move this summer to avoid dropping by the wayside and harming his future England hopes.

Newcastle under Steve McClaren are a solid proposition, with the Magpies expected to play a fluent system under the former Derby boss with plenty of licence for the wide men to get forward.

Sunderland are also set for an interesting season under Dick Advocaat and the Black Cats are desperate for some creativity as they look to put last season’s disappointing goal-shy campaign behind them.

Townsend can take courage from Darren Bent’s slide at Spurs and goal-scoring revival at Sunderland as inspiration if he heads to the North East, and financially it may not be such a bad option.

Both Sunderland and Newcastle are big clubs with the potential to establish themselves in the top seven - a factor which may also tempt the Spurs winger to choose them over his fellow suitors.

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