Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Andros Townsend is set to complete a move to Newcastle United before the end of this month's transfer window after the two clubs reached a compromise over the fee. The England international has been frozen out of the first-team by Mauricio Pochettino following his clash with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner.
According to the Guardian, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was unwilling to let Townsend leave for anything less than his valuation of £14m ($20m) and had rejected the Magpies' opening bid of around £10m ($14.2m). The Argentine manager, however, is keen to free up space in his squad and has reportedly requested the club to sanction a move for the out-of-favour midfielder.
The two clubs, who are battling on opposite ends of the Premier League table, are said to have reached a compromise on the fee, which is said to be in-between both their initial valuations. Levy is said to have sanctioned the move on principle, which will allow Townsend to negotiate personal terms with the St James's Park outfit with a view to completing a move in the next 48 hours.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who normally operates on the wings, has played just 64 minutes of Premier League football thus far this campaign, but has been in fine form for the White Hart Lane outfit's U21 team after his relegation to the reserves following the spat with the fitness coach. He has scored three goals and assisted as many in three appearances.
Townsend will be keen to start playing regular first-team football in the English top-flight as he still harbours hopes of making it into Roy Hodgson's team for the European Championships in France later in the year. The Spurs winger was a regular fixture in the England setup before being frozen out by his club.