Tottenham have given Andros Townsend a wage hike that sees his new deal triple his previous weekly income, but he was nearly sold to Millwall two years ago, reports the
The 22-year-old was previously on £6,000 a week, but now takes home £16,000 a week, following his impressive international debut goal on Friday against Montenegro. But it has been revealed that Spurs almost sold Townsend to Millwall for £500,000 two years ago as a ‘fringe player’.
After spending loan spells at Birmingham, Leeds and Queens Park Rangers, Townsend began to impress Andre Villas-Boas last season and convinced him that the winger had potential.
Townsend, 22, has become a part of Villas-Boas’ side in the Premier League and has been backed by England teammate Leighton Baines: “It was a great performance and it was a massive lift for us. It was great for him to score that goal and he is now an important part of the squad who can produce match-winning performances.”
For England manager Roy Hodgson, it was Townsend’s performances at Queens Park Rangers last season that could his eye: “I know quite a lot about the young players at Tottenham because they have a lot of them,” said the England manager.
“But when Andros got the loan move to QPR and did so well there it really alerted us. I have seen him play a lot of times for Tottenham this season, as have my staff, and he has more than replicated those QPR performances. He has made us sit up and think about him even more.”
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