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Southampton make bid for Tottenham's Townsend

Kevin Palmer | ESPN FC
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Southampton have made Tottenham an offer for their England winger Andros Townsend, sources have told ESPN.

Townsend signed a new four-year contract at Tottenham last October after his sparkling performances in England's final two World Cup qualifiers propelled him from a rising star into a player seemingly ready to establish himself in the Premier League.

Yet injuries and a dip in form have halted Townsend's rise during 2014 and he appears to be a player on the periphery of new manager Mauricio Pochettino's plans, after he was again left out of the side for Sunday's 4-0 thrashing of QPR.

ESPN reported last week Southampton were eager to bring Townsend to the south coast and they have followed up that initial interest with a firm bid for the player, who may view the potential move a chance to secure regular football and re-launch his career with club and country.

Our sources tell us Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is keen to recruit players with proven Premier League experience in a summer that has seen him club lose experienced performers like Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.

Townsend, 23, is viewed by Koeman as a player who can make an instant impact in his side following the recent arrivals of Fraser Forster from Celtic and Shane Long from Hull.

Reports suggest a fee in the region of £12 million could be enough to prize Townsend away from Tottenham, with Southampton seemingly willing to meet that asking price.

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