Andros Townsend, who scored England’s equaliser against Italy on Tuesday night, is keen to resolve his future at Tottenham Hotspur.
Townsend joined the White Hart Lane academy at the age of eight back in 2000, and after signing professional terms nine years later, went on to have nine separate loan spells to gain first team experience. He made his breakthrough at Spurs last season, making 33 appearances in all competitions which resulted in a call up to Roy Hodgson’s squad.
The 23-year-old has since been a regular fixture in the England picture since scoring on his debut against Montenegro in a World Cup qualifier, although he missed the Finals in the summer due to injury. He has drifted in and out of the Tottenham side under Mauricio Pochettino this term, starting just nine times in the Premier League thus far.
Townsend remains an important part of Hodgson’s plans though, and will have done his first team chances little harm with his leveller against the Italians in Turin. His attention will now return to his club who are still in contention for the top-four place which would earn them UEFA Champions League football, although they are currently six points adrift.
Having signed a new contract with the Londoners in 2013 he is tied to the club until the end of the 2016/17 campaign, although The Telegraph understand he is being courted by clubs in the Premier League and at least one from Serie A. And it is claimed he will seek reassurances over his future at Spurs before making a decision on his future in the summer.
Although Pochettino has started Townsend in each of the last five matches – including the League Cup final defeat to Chelsea at Wembley – he has lasted no more than 65 minutes in any before being substituted. And with the Argentine coach expected to be given funds to improve his squad in the summer, competition for a start is likely to increase further.