According to The Daily Star, Newcastle United are interested in signing Andros Townsend from Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
It has been reported by the British newspaper that Newcastle’s Premier League rivals Aston Villa and Sunderland are also keen on the winger.
£15m for someone who is not guaranteed a place in the Tottenham starting line-up is a lot of money, but even if the North London outfit eventually decide to sell Townsend for less than that, Newcastle should not make a move.
Although it is clear that the Magpies need to sign players this summer, they need to bring in quality footballers.
Townsend is an average footballer who has been found out. The 2014-15 campaign showed that he is not good enough for Spurs, and Newcastle should not make a move for him this summer.
True, the Magpies are not in a position to sign top-quality players, but they should be aiming higher than Townsend.
The England international is an average player who can do the job from time to time, but Newcastle are entering a new era and must make signings who can take the club forward.
Steve McClaren’s side have just signed Georginio Wijnaldum, who was one of the best midfielders in the Eredivisie.
This is the kind of signing that Newcastle should be aiming to make this summer, not recruiting players like Townsend who are not going to enhance the quality of the current squad.