Newcastle United news: Townsend stumbling block, Saivet opens up

Newcastle United are yet to make a breakthrough in their pursuit of Andros Townsend.

Jonjo Shelvey
Jonjo Shelvey

United are yet to meet the club's valuation, and a loan with a view to a permanent move has also been mooted.

However, Tottenham's preference is a straight sale.

Newcastle, also keen on West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, have already signed Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet in this month's transfer window.

Meanwhile, defender Steven Taylor is nearing a comeback from a four-month lay-off ahead of Saturday's game against Watford at Vicarage Road.

Newcastle dropped back into the relegation zone last night.

Swansea City's 1-0 win over Watford at the Liberty Stadium means United are again in 18th place.