Andros Townsend completes £12m Newcastle move from Tottenham

Newcastle United have captured Andros Townsend from Tottenham in a reported £12 million deal.
Townsend, 24, has penned a five-and-a-half year deal at St James’ Park. His primary objective: help steer his new club to Premier League safety.
“I’m delighted to be here,” Townsend told the club’s official website. “Newcastle United is a fantastic club with great fans, a great stadium and great tradition.
“As soon as I heard Newcastle were interested in me, there was only one place I wanted to go so I can’t wait to get started.”
The winger spent 16 years at Tottenham, a spell punctuated by nine separate loan moves, eventually breaking onto the first-team scene under Harry Redknapp in 2013.
An England call-up followed, with Townsend playing a notable role as Roy Hodgson’s side qualified for the World Cup in Brazil, but injury curtailed his hopes of making the 23-man squad.
He has cut a frustrated figure since, unable to hold down a regular place at Tottenham and lost in the international wilderness.
“Bringing Andros to the club is a great signing,” added Newcastle manager Steve McClaren. “He is a very good talent who is a current England international and should be one for years to come, too.
“Andros is a winger with an old-fashioned style. He can play on the right or the left, is two-footed, quick, very direct and loves taking on defenders and crossing the ball.
“He feels he has a lot to prove and I can’t wait to see him do that in a Newcastle shirt.”
Townsend could make his debut for Newcastle at Everton next Wednesday. The Magpies are 18th in the table, two points off safety.

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