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Andros Townsend has quadrupled his salary after signing a Newcastle contract worth £23million, Football Insider sources understand.
The England international completed a Newcastle medical on Wednesday to seal a £12million transfer from Tottenham.
A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that Townsend has finalised the terms of a five-and-a-half-year deal worth £80,000-a-week which, over the length of the agreement equates to £22.9million and a total outlay of £35million from the north-east club.
Football Insider revealed on Friday that Newcastle were in negotiations with Tottenham over the transfer of the winger in the January window.
Magpies manager McClaren is delighted at landing the Spurs outcast as he strengthens his squad for their Premier League relegation battle.
“Bringing Andros to the Club is a great signing,” McClaren told the Newcastle website on Wednesday afternoon. “He is a very good talent who is a current England international and should be one for years to come, too.
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“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.”
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.
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.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs are back in the race to sign Saido Berahino amid new doubts surrounding their hopes of signing Moussa Dembele from Fulham.