United have been Premier League strugglers this year, despite a significant outlay on the likes of Wijnaldum and Mitrovic over the summer months but seem ready to back under-pressure boss Steve McLaren in the January transfer window. The Magpies have already brought in Henri Saivet and former Swan Jonjo Shelvey, who impressed on his debut, as they look to steer clear of the relegation zone.
Townsend has been made to train with the reserve team following a row with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner, and does not appear to have a future role in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans at the club. The England international, who saw his Tottenham breakthrough during the 2013-14 season has yet to start a Premier League game this year. Despite having grown up as a supporter of the club, Townsend days in North London appear numbered and the opportunity for regular first team action could appeal as he vies to try and fight his way back into the England squad in time for Euro 2016.
The deal seems a no-brainer to me. Townsend has shown plenty of promise since his promotion from the academy, but has yet to add any real end-product to his game with a mere three league goals in 50 games. The revenue raised from a player with no immediate future at the club could also pave the way for another attacking option to come into the club before the window closes.
By Joe Thomas