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Townsend has struggled for first-team minutes this season.

Andros Townsend can rescue stalling career with Newcastle United transfer

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Tottenham winger Andros Townsend will complete his £12 million transfer to Newcastle United by the end of the week pending a successful medical on Wednesday, according to the Daily Mail.

The out-of-favour England man has claimed the Magpies were the only club he considered joining amongst a variety of offers made to him.

He said: "As soon as I knew of Newcastle’s interest they were the only club I wanted to join.

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"Two of the best positions you can play in football are centre-forward and left wing at Newcastle. I’ve got the chance.

"I could never turn that down. I can’t wait to play my first game at St James’ Park."

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Townsend burst onto the scene in late 2013 with a series of fine performances for both club and country, but has since been shunned by Mauricio Pochettino following a bust-up with club fitness coach Nathan Gardiner in November last year.

The 24-year-old has been limited to just 64 minutes of Premier League action this season, having played and trained with the Spurs Under-21 squad for the past three months.

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Townsend, a player with unquestionable potential, has an opportunity to rebuild his stuttering career should his move to Newcastle go through.

When the winger is firing on all cylinders, the impact of his pace, trickery and direct style is plain to see and he deserves a chance to recapture the form and confidence that underpinned his breakthrough a couple of years ago.

With three goals for England to his name, Townsend will likely have to contend with Ayoze Perez, Georginio Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko and Roland Aarons for a starting berth in one of three attacking midfield slots in Steve McClaren’s 4-2-3-1 system.

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The Englishman has proved he has the potential change games when fully fit and in the mood, so there’s every chance a decent run in McClaren's side could see him build up some much-needed confidence and become a go-to man for the Magpies.

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