Alan Pardew is under intense pressure at St James’ Park and will head for a close-season summit with Mike Ashley in London next week.
But he has already begun making plans for the summer and wants Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey – who is rated at £8million – and Spurs flier Townsend, who has fallen out of favour at White Hart Lane.
Whether or not he gets the chance to rebuild next season is up to Ashley, but Pardew will head for talks with the owner armed with lessons in what can be improved to ensure there is no repeat of the collapse that has occurred in the second half of the campaign.
Pardew already has wide players at his disposal in Sylvain Marveaux, Hatem Ben Arfa and Gabriel Obertan but all three may be allowed to leave in the summer after falling out of favour.
The Newcastle boss believes that bringing in players with more domestic experience will give United more of a chance next season and the club are looking at Jack Colback, although there has been no agreement with the soon-to-be-out-of-contract midfielder.
Pardew is certainly keen on Shelvey and has already spoken of his admiration for Townsend, who made an immediate impact with England this season before injuries curtailed his campaign and ruined his chances of going to Brazil for the World Cup.
Pardew is no stranger to Townsend and spoke of his admiraton for him in October when he spoke to Sky Sports shortly after the winger’s international debut.
“We know (Townsend) because there was talk of him going out on loan,” he said last year.
“Obviously, when you look at his career, he’s been out on loan a number of times and we looked at him this year and thought ‘would he interest us?’. We weren’t sure; I think that’s where everybody was at the start of the season.’
“You’re talking about a high level (Premier League). We’ve got fantastic players at our football club and is he better than the ones we’ve got?
“I was a bit like ‘Hmm, not sure’. I think (Andre Villas-Boas) was a little bit like that as well. But fair play to the lad, he’s come into Tottenham’s team and done terrific and now he’s made that extra step which is great for England and Spurs in particular.”
There was better news for beleaguered Pardew with confirmation from Fabricio Coloccini that he will be staying at St James’ Park. Mike Ashley recently met the captain to assure him about plans for next season.
“For sure. I’m going to be here,” he said. “I had personal problems. Sometimes it’s tough. You have to decide between the problems and the work.
“Sometimes it’s too difficult. Now it’s finished and next season, I will be here.
“I’m looking forward to improving. We want the best for Newcastle United.”