Newcastle are close to finally landing Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, sources have told ESPN FC.
Newcastle have been chasing Townsend for several weeks now with sources saying in November that the Magpies were leading the race to sign the England international.
Townsend's future has been the subject of conjecture since he was suspended by Spurs for two weeks in November after a bust-up with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner and has not featured for the first team since Oct. 22.
A number of clubs including Watford, West Bromwich Albion and Southampton have all been linked with Townsend, but Newcastle were determined to win the race for the winger with Steve McClaren making him one of his top targets this month.
The Magpies have had a loan offer and a £10.5 million bid for the 24-year-old rejected this month, but sources said that a fee is agreed in principal between both clubs and that Townsend is set for talks with Newcastle.
With Townsend unlikely to win his place back in Mauricio Pochettino's plans. he will need to be playing regular first-team football if he harbours any hopes of being in contention for England's Euro 2016 finals.
If Newcastle tie up the move for Townsend, he will become their third signing of this month's transfer window following the arrivals of Jonjo Shelvey from Swansea and Henri Saivet from Bordeaux.