At the start of the 2012/13 Premier League season, Tottenham's Andros Townsend was deemed one of England's brightest sparks.
A series of top draw performances in a Spurs shirt excited the country, and even more so when he scored his first England goal on his full debut, earning the 24-year-old a well deserved man-of-the-match award against Montenegro.
Having recently failed to replicate his earlier superiority at White Hart Lane, though, Townsend has lost his starting berth at the club and a move away appears imminent.
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Quique Sanchez Flores' Watford were rumoured to be interested in the winger amidst their bid to continue their excellent start to the season, yet it appears the Hornets will lose out on their man.
According to the Independent, Steve McClaren's Newcastle United have opened talks with Tottenham regarding a move for Townsend.
Following the recent acquisition of Jonjo Shelvey from Swansea City for £12 million, it seems McClaren is willing to spend the same amount on the Tottenham man in a bid to offer him regular football.
And that could just persuade the England international to make the switch amidst his desire to play more frequently and re-establish himself on the international stage.
The Magpies overcame West Ham 2-1 over the weekend, with January arrival Shelvey playing a vital role in the victory.
The former Liverpool midfielder was involved in both goals, playing an incisive initial ball in the first and spreading a delightful 67-yard pass to Daryl Janmaat, whose cross was fired home by Georginio Wijnaldum, for the second.
Newcastle will hope for much of the same impact from Townsend should he complete a move, with the winger's pace, crossing and long-range shooting particularly dangerous traits.
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