Magpies closing in on Townsend

Newcastle have moved a step closer to signing Andros Townsend after they agreed a fee with Tottenham for the out-of-favour winger.

The 24-year-old's career at White Hart Lane has stalled after he clashed with Spurs fitness coach Nathan Gardiner during the warm-down following their 3-1 win over Aston Villa on November 2.

Townsend was subsequently axed from the squad before being brought back into the fold a fortnight later, but he has not featured for Pochettino's side since October 22.

After making his sixth appearance of the season for the Under-21's on Monday, the north London's club's youth product posted a tongue-in-cheek goodbye message on social media, suggesting he was on the move.

"Been an absolute pleasure playing with the U21 boys the last 3 or 4 months," Townsend wrote on Twitter after the U21's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in Chester.

Magpies boss Steve McClaren has been active in the January transfer window, recruiting Henri Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey from Bordeaux and Swansea respectively as he attempts to steer the Tynesiders clear of the drop.