QPR to make £10m Townsend bid

Tottenham are reluctant to sell the England international, who has been told he is part of Mauricio Pochettino's plans for the new campaign
By Greg Stobart

Queens Park Rangers are preparing a £10 million bid for Tottenham star Andros Townsend, Goal has learned.

Spurs have dismissed an initial enquiry from QPR for Townsend but Harry Redknapp is set to test his former club’s resolve with a formal bid for the winger.

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Redknapp believes he can convince Townsend to make the switch to west London and thinks the England international would be the perfect addition to boost QPR's survival prospects in the Premier League this season.

QPR face a battle to sign Townsend, however, with new Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino a fan of the 23-year-old having told him that he is a big part of his plans for the new season.

The Argentine has also been impressed with Townsend’s attitude and ability in pre-season following his return from the ankle injury that ruled him out of the World Cup.

The England international wants to stay at White Hart Lane but is eager for regular playing opportunities having fallen out of favour under former manager Tim Sherwood.

Townsend spent the second half of the 2012-13 season on loan at QPR before returning to Spurs and breaking into the England squad to play a vital role in the Three Lions’ qualification for the World Cup.

QPR are desperate to improve their squad following their promotion to the Premier League but Spurs are reluctant to sell the academy product.

Should QPR produce an offer too good to refuse, Tottenham could step up their interest in PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay, with sources at both clubs insisting there has been no bid so far for the Netherlands international.

As Tottenham prepare for the start of the new campaign, they are continuing to work on a £17m deal for Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio and a £2m move for Seattle Sounders full-back DeAndre Yedlin.

The north London club have signed left-back Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm from Swansea and remain hopeful of signing Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin this month.