Troy Townsend confirms clubs were interested in taking son Andros from Tottenham this summer

Newcastle United and Aston Villa were among those linked with the Spurs winger.

Troy Townsend, father of Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros, has confirmed there were approaches from interested clubs for his son’s services over the summer.

The 24-year old was linked with Newcastle, Aston Villa and Sunderland – by the likes of the Daily Star – but remained at White Hart Lane after transfer deadline day.

Townsend senior was a guest on Spurs fan podcast ‘The Fighting Cock’ – available to stream here – when he was asked if there had been any interest in his son.

“Yeah, there was. There were a few clubs tapping on the door asking if he was available and asking to take him,” he said.

“The club gave us no signs there was anything going on in that respect but obviously rumours are there for a reason.

“Luckily the injuries came so early in pre-season which meant that nothing could have happened.”

An ankle injury kept the pacey winger out of the picture for much of pre-season and has meant he’s been playing catch up in recent weeks to get his fitness levels where they need to be.

The summer signings of Heung-Min Son and Clinton N’Jie – as well as the introduction of Alex Pritchard – has made breaking into an attacking midfield role at Spurs a difficult task.

Townsend impressed in his first appearance of the season against Sunderland last week and provided the impetus that helped Mauricio Pochettino’s men snatch a win.

He failed to build on that performance in his subsequent starts against Qarabag and Arsenal, however, and is still suffering from the inconsistency that his plagued his Tottenham career to date.

Speculation is bound to flare up again in January should the winger fail to nail down a spot, and with Euro 2016 just around the corner, the Spurs-supporting academy graduate may be forced to look elsewhere.

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