Report: Newcastle to open bidding for Tottenham winger Andros Townsend with £12m offer

Newcastle are reportedly ready to splash out on Tottenham winger Andros Townsend.

According to The Sun, Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley wants to add more England internationals, and is ready to sanction a £12m move for Tottenham winger Andros Townsend.

The Magpies have already opened their chequebook this week, snapping up midfielders Henri Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey from Bordeaux and Swansea City respectively.

Both players could be included this weekend when Newcastle face West Ham United at St. James' Park, but manager Steve McClaren isn't finished in the transfer market just yet.

With attacking reinforcements needed, The Sun report that Newcastle are ready to lodge a £12m bid to sign Tottenham winger Andros Townsend.

The 24-year-old wide man has played just 64 minutes of Premier League action for Spurs this season, and hasn't featured for the first team since a Europa League clash against Anderlecht back in October.

Since a row with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner following a 3-1 win over Aston Villa in November, Townsend has been sent down to play for the Tottenham Under-21's, and clearly has no future at White Hart Lane under Mauricio Pochettino.

A January exit is expected, and with Newcastle needing a winger, the move makes plenty of sense - especially for owner Mike Ashley.

The report states that Ashley wants to bring more England internationals to St. James' Park rather than solely shop in the foreign markets as they have done in recent years, and having sanctioned a deal for Shelvey earlier this week for that very reason, Ashley is believed to be keen on doing the same again for Townsend.

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