The 24-year-old winger is said to be frustrated with life at Tottenham.
The winger is struggling for game time at White Hart Lane and, when given a rare chance, he struggles for form.
The Standard report that Townsend was involved in an argument with Tottenham's fitness coach after the 3-1 win over Aston Villa - and weren't the only outlet to do so.
But they suggest the 24-year-old is willing to take his grievance with the club a step further and request a January exit.
The problem for Townsend, however, is that he has very little leverage.
Indeed, should the wide man knock on the door of Mauricio Pochettino, Daniel Levy or whoever is responsible for dealing with these kind of matters, what's stopping Spurs from saying 'close the door on your way out?'
Townsend's row with his fitness coach suggests petulance but, even if we put that aside, the Tottenham man's form simply hasn't been good enough.
Objectively speaking, the Englishman doesn't have a patch on the likes of Heung-Min Son, Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele or even Erik Lamela. The injured Nacer Chadli, somewhat out of form this term, is still a far superior option to Townsend when fit, too.
So, without any hard feelings or fallouts, from both a footballing and business perspective, if the wide man asks to leave Tottenham, the north London side should let him go without a second thought.