Three questions and reaction relating to linking of Tottenham winger Andros Townsend with West Ham

The 23-year old has struggled to nail down a place in the Tottenham Hotspur side in recent seasons.

A report, by The Daily Mirror, emerged today claiming that West Ham United are interested in bringing Andros Townsend to the Boleyn, with £15 million the rumoured fee.

Does Townsend have a future at Spurs?

The winger has found it difficult to replicate his international form at club level and inconsistency is the word of the day when describing Townsend. For all his pace and directness, his end product is sorely lacking and a return of five goals (three of which were from the spot) and three assists in his 33 appearances last season demonstrates this.

That being said, he is the only Spurs attacker really capable of stretching the opposition with his pace and he has been effective against tiring teams late in games. There is an argument for keeping him around next season simply for the variety he offers.

Is he worth £15 million?

His rumoured valuation seems high when you consider 18-goal Charlie Austin and 14-goal Berahino are valued around the same price, but at 23-years old, age is on his side and the raw talent is apparent. If he can add consistency to his game as he approaches his mid to late twenties, he could still develop into a top player.

The English premium is also a factor with stricter FA requirements continuously increasing the demand for home-grown talent.

Do West Ham need him?

The arrival of Dmitri Payet has strengthened West Ham’s attacking options but doubts over the respective futures of Kevin Nolan and Stewart Downing could mean new recruits are required.

Townsend would be a ready-made replacement for Downing, should the winger depart, and would offer greater pace and similar threat coming in off the right flank.

However in Diafra Sakho, Cheikhou Kouyate and the returning Mauro Zarate, West Ham are well covered in attacking areas for the time being, and a move for Townsend will likely hinge on any outgoings.

Twitter users have had plenty to say on the matter, with a clear consensus towards the merit (or lack thereof) of his £15 million valuation.

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