By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes

Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has confirmed Newcastle are in talks to sign Andros Townsend this month.

Sherwood, who was a key figure in Townsend’s emergence from the Spurs academy into the first team, has claimed the 24-year-old can be the matchwinner to keep Steve McLaren’s team in the Premier League.

Football Insider revealed on Friday that Newcastle were in negotiations with Tottenham over a £9million transfer of the winger in the January window.

Magpies manager McClaren has targeted the Spurs outcast as he attempts to strengthen his squad for their Premier League relegation battle.

Newcastle signed Jonjo Shelvey for £12million from Swansea earlier in the window and are hoping to add a second England international to their ranks.

Asked about the north-east club, Sherwood told Match of the Day: “They will certainly have funds to spend. Jonjo Shelvey was a good signing, he can make the difference.

“They’re obviously tracking Andros Townsend, who would be an outstanding signing for them. He can win games and possibly win enough games to keep them in the league. So, they’re looking to strengthen and I think Mike Ashley will give them the money.”

A Spurs source has told Football Insider that the north-east club value Townsend at around the £8million mark but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is holding out for a fee of £9-10million.

Jonjo Shelvey has joined Newcastle from Swansea in a £12million deal

Talking point: Townsend could follow Jonjo Shelvey (pictured) to Newcastle this month

The England international has been frozen out at White Hart Lane after lashing out at the club’s fitness coach during a heated row in November.

Townsend was captured by photographers being involved in an altercation with Nathan Gardiner in a post-match warm-down session following Spurs’ 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

He is yet to start a Premier League match for the club this season and was also overlooked when the second string was selected for Europa League fixtures.

A Spurs source has told Football Insider that the club are ready to cash in on the winger for a lower fee than what they were demanding last summer.

Tottenham wanted £13million for Townsend five months ago but will lower their asking price in order to cut their losses on him in the forthcoming window.