Newcastle complete Townsend signing

Newcastle have completed the signing of England winger Andros Townsend from Tottenham for a fee of about £12m.

The 24-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the Magpies.

Townsend has made just three substitute appearances in the Premier League this season and was dropped for a Europa League match in November after

a row with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner.

“Newcastle is a fantastic club with great fans, a great stadium and great tradition,” he told the club’s website.

“As soon as I heard Newcastle were interested in me, there was only one place I wanted to go so I can’t wait to get started.”

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren said: “Bringing Andros to the Club is a great signing.

“Andros is a winger with an old-fashioned style. He can play on the right or the left, is two-footed, quick, very direct and loves taking on defenders and crossing the ball.”

Townsend joined the Spurs academy aged eight but did not become a first-team regular until the start of the 2013-14 season, by which time he had been sent out on nine separate loan spells.

This season, though, he has only started three games – two in the Europa League and the Capital One Cup defeat by Arsenal.

He has won 10 England caps, the last of which came as a substitute in the

3-0 European Championship qualifying win in Lithuania.

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