Tottenham and England winger Andros Townsend could be set for a January exit from White Hart Lane, with Southampton and West Ham ready to sign the academy graduate.
After a successful loan period at Queens Park Rangers, the Leystonestone-born dribbler forced his way into the Tottenham reckoning under Andre Villas-Boas. His form culminated in an England call up, and Townsend made an immediate impression, scoring on his senior debut for his country.
Loss of form
However, a loss of form and injury meant his season ended early and he missed out on Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.
With Mauricio Pochettino taking over in north London, Townsend has found it hard to get into the starting lineup, having to be content with match time in the Europa League and the League Cup. Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli have been preferred in the league, despite inconsistent performances.
Townsend continues to put in the effort but a lack of a final product has hampered his chances. The fact the 23-year-old has more goals for England (two) than league goals for Spurs (one) despite playing 35 games for his club as opposed to five for his country speaks volumes. That being said there are plenty of suitors out there for the winger.
Suitors for Townsend
Southampton have retained their interest after a failed bid to sign the player in the summer, while West Ham are also on the lookout for another winger as Matt Jarvis edges towards the exit door. Undoubtedly Daniel Levy will seek top value for Townsend, especially given his 'home grown' status.
Pochettino will look to cash in on several players as he seeks to overhaul an underperforming Tottenham team, and with Jay Rodriguez once again linked with a move to White Hart Lane, Townsend looks expendable.