Report: Newcastle agree to sign Tottenham's Andros Townsend after Levy takes Pochettino's advice

Andros Townsend

Newcastle are reportedly set to sign Tottenham winger Andros Townsend.

According to The Guardian, Newcastle United have finally agreed a deal to sign Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend after Mauricio Pochettino intervened on the deal.

The Magpies have already snapped up midfielders Henri Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey from Bordeaux and Swansea City respectively, but manager Steve McClaren has been keen to add another winger during his month's transfer window.

Now, it seems that McClaren is close to adding that wide man, as The Guardian report that Tottenham's Andros Townsend is set to make the move to Tyneside.

The report suggests that Newcastle had an opening bid of £10m rejected for the England international, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy adamant that he would cost £14m - despite being completely frozen out of Pochettino's plans at White Hart Lane.

Now though, it's stated that manager Pochettino has intervened on the deal, and advised Levy to accept a lower fee as a gesture of goodwill, having been impressed with Townsend's attitude and application in training during his time out of the first team squad.

The 24-year-old hasn't played for Spurs since a spat with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner back in November, and has been demoted to the Under-21's as a result of that incident.

The deal is allegedly set to be completed within the next 48 hours, with personal terms thought to be a formality as Townsend bids to play on a regular basis again.

Townsend's pace will be a real asset to Newcastle out wide, and he will certainly have a point to prove having struggled for first-team football at Spurs this season - and he could help Newcastle avoid relegation to the Championship this season.

Would Townsend be a good signing for Newcastle?

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