Report explains why Newcastle are ending their interest in Berahino and Townsend

In a surprise twist, Newcastle are said to be pulling the plug on the duo.

Newcastle United are reportedly ending their interest in West Brom forward Saido Berahino and Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend, according to the Daily Telegraph.

In a surprise twist, Newcastle are said to have become 'frustrated' at how long deals for both are taking.

West Brom supremo Jeremy Peace, along with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, are both revered as tough negotiators. So much so that they both clashed during the Berahino saga over the summer.

Newcastle are therefore unwilling to continue their pursuits of Townsend and Berahino, the Telegraph report.

It's not clear whether that's a definitive end to the saga - Deadline Day could see late deals still concluded.

But the Telegraph have been a reliable source when it comes to Townsend and Berahino so far this window and this latest news seems likely.

Spurs and the Baggies are notoriously difficult to negotiate with and Newcastle have already strengthened their squad well this January. Will we still end up seeing more about these two deals, though?

Newcastle remain in the relegation zone but are only a point off safety after two encouraging Premier League results last week.

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