Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend is all set to end his torrid season by leaving White Hart Lane during the January transfer window.
The England international has been frozen out of the squad by Mauricio Pochettino and hasn’t featured for Spurs since the 2-1 defeat in the Europa League against Belgian side Anderlecht on October 22.
With the squad now well-settled and performing admirably so far this campaign, Pochettino is not willing to tinker with the winning combination. Hence, there is little scope for Townsend to find any first-team action.
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The Argentine manager is open to parting ways with the 24-year-old and wants to cash in before he enters the final year of his contract next summer.
Eyeing Euro 2016
Townsend is desperate to sign for a new club as he fears the inability to feature more frequently could hinder his chances of making England’s Euro squad in 2016.
He is also not on good terms with the staff after his altercations with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner against Aston Villa in November, for which he was fined and dropped from the team.
The Mirror have reported Watford initially enquired about a loan move which was instantly rejected as Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wants a permanent transfer and has set a £14 million fee.
Relegation contenders Sunderland, Aston Villa and Newcastle could be the busiest clubs during the transfer window and all of them have earmarked Townsend to be a priority in January.
According to The Independent, Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will have the final say on the Black Cats’ transfers and wants Townsend to be offered a considerable hike in his £40,000-a-week salary in order to fend off other interested parties.
However, Pochettino could also use him as bait to land his long-term target Saido Berahino, as per the Daily Mail.
Spurs’ incessant bids were outright rejected by Tony Pulis - who maintained a firm stance to hold on to his forward - which resulted in a fall-out with Berahino and it also affected the Englishman's performances too.
Pulis might be inclined to make the swap deal as he himself would like to add more pace and width to his roster.
With Berahino's clear aspirations to quit West Brom for north London switch and Townsend's desire for more first-team action, the deal will suit all the concerned parties.