By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes

Newcastle have opened talks with Tottenham over a £9million swoop for Andros Townsend, Football Insider sources understand.

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

Newcastle have made in contact with the Londoners in recent days and are hopeful of clinching a deal before the end of the January transfer window.

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.

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.