Report: Newcastle confident of signing Townsend, ambitiously targeting Jonjo Shelvey

Newcastle are reportedly pursuing Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United are confident of signing Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend in January - and also want Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey.

The Magpies have won just twice this season, and after struggles from summer additions Florian Thauvin and Aleksandar Mitrovic, manager Steve McClaren will need more new signings in January.

Another option on the flanks and a star central midfielder would certainly help Newcastle's cause, and reports suggest that McClaren is looking for two Englishmen to solve those problems.

It's suggested by the Daily Mail that Tottenham's Andros Townsend is a top target for the Magpies, and McClaren is allegedly confident that a loan deal with a view to a permanent move could be agreed within the first few days of January.

The 24-year-old wide man has barely played for Tottenham this season, and he clearly needs a move away, even if only on loan, in order to get himself back in the frame for England's Euro 2016 squad.

Townsend isn't the only England international being targeted by Newcastle though, as the report from the Daily Mail states that McClaren has advised the Magpies hierarchy to target Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey.

Shelvey, 23, has impressed with the Swans since leaving Liverpool in 2013, with his exceptional passing range and great long range shooting ability making him a star in South Wales, to the point where he could now be in England's Euro 2016 squad next summer.

It would be an ambitious move from Newcastle to bid for Shelvey, but with Swansea also struggling of late, the Magpies may have an outside chance of luring him up to Tyneside.

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