Newcastle plotting England international double raid to save season

Newcastle are looking to push through moves for England internationals Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey in January as they plot to get their season back on track, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The Magpies have endured a woeful opening 13 games and currently sit just one point above the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Perhaps more worrying than the position is the fact that money was invested over the summer to bring Steve McClaren as manager and a host of big name players, such as Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum, but this has not deterred owner Mike Ashley, who is looking to make further additions this winter.

Reports claim that both Townsend of Spurs and Swansea’s Shelvey are wanted men, with swoops planned for January.

The former is understood to be seen as a ‘gettable’ target, and the Tynesiders expect a loan move with a view to a permanent deal to be tied up within days of the next transfer window opening.

Townend himself is out of favour at White Hart Lane and may be open to a move in a bid to keep his hopes of making England’s EURO 2016 squad alive.

Shelvey is a more ambitious target, but a player Newcastle are tracking nonetheless.

The ex-Liverpool man has been one of the Swans’ key performers this term, and McClaren is eager to lure in British talent as he looks to fight off the threat of relegation at St James’ Park.