Townsend seals Newcastle deal and says ‘I can’t wait to get started’

Andros Townsend has joined Newcastle from Tottenham on a five-and-a-half-year deal
Andros Townsend has joined Newcastle from Tottenham on a five-and-a-half-year deal

Newcastle have confirmed the signing of Tottenham winger Andros Townsend for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £12million.

The England international has penned a five-and-a-half-year deal, keeping him on Tyneside until 2021.

Townsend told nufc.co.uk: “I’m delighted to be here.

“Newcastle United is a fantastic club with great fans, a great stadium and great tradition.

“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.”

Townsend put pen to paper after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms, ending a 16-year stay at White Hart Lane which had soured in recent months.

The 24-year-old could make his debut when Everton welcome the Magpies to Goodison Park in the Premier League next Wednesday.

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren, looking for a boost with his side third-bottom in the table and two points adrift of safety, enthused: “Bringing Andros to the club is a great signing. He is a very good talent who is a current England international and should be one for years to come, too.

“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.

“He feels he has a lot to prove and I can’t wait to see him do that in a Newcastle shirt.”