Daniel Levy should use Townsend funds to help pay for Breel Embolo this summer

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The teenage striker would be perfect for Tottenham Hotspur but it will take more than £12million to get him.

As reported by the BBC, Newcastle United have agreed a fee of £12million to sign Andros Townsend from Tottenham Hotspur, and while the majority of Magpies fans will be pleased with the news, Spurs supporters may wonder where the money will be spent.

Tottenham could do with an additional striker this month; the problem is, the standard of player they want is unlikely to be available midway through the current campaign.

Instead the most likely option is that Spurs will stick with the players that have served them so well to date and focus on bringing in quality additions in the summer, and here is where the Townsend money comes in.

The North London club will have a decent amount in the coffers, but to sign a top-class forward they may have to spend more than chairman Daniel Levy really wants, so that £12million will go down a treat if Tottenham are prepared to take the plunge for FC Basel striker Breel Embolo.

The 18-year-old is one of the most highly-rated forwards in Europe right now and his age should not put suitors off; if anything it should encourage them to make a bid.

After all, if he reaches his potential he will have significant sell-on value while he is likely to have over a decade performing at the top level.

According to a recent report from German magazine Kicker, Wolfsburg had a £20million bid for Embolo rejected this week, with Basel intent on keeping him until the end of the season.

But that is exactly when Tottenham should make their move and if Levy tops up the £12million the club received for Townsend, it could be a very canny deal that pays dividends for years to come.

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