Graham Courtney suggests Andros Townsend is not the answer for Sunderland

North East football expert Graham Courtney has urged Sunderland to avoid making a move for Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend.

North East football expert Graham Courtney told talkSPORT that he feels Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend would not be the answer for Dick Advocaat at Sunderland.

Sunderland have endured a difficult start to the season, with a little bit of pressure on the Dutchman to go out and make signings in the transfer market.

The Daily Mail has previously reported that Sunderland are one of the sides interested in the Tottenham man, who Daniel Levy may consider selling from the White Hart Lane club, if the right money comes in.

“I've seen Andros Townsend linked with them (Sunderland) but to be honest I think that would just be scratching the surface,” he told talkSPORT.

Would Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino even let him go?

It’s unclear as to whether Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino would put up much of a fight if Daniel Levy told him that a huge offer had come in for the player.

At the moment, Townsend is one of the only sources of natural width in the team, though he does have a tendency to want to cut inside to try and have an impact over the player from a central position.

There is time left for Spurs to bring in some extra width in the transfer market, but considering the difficulty of some deals, they may look to settle with what they have.

Until that replacement comes in, it’s difficult to see Sunderland getting anywhere if reports over their interest are accurate.

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