Mauricio Pochettino has hinted Andros Townsend would not be on the brink of leaving Tottenham if the Premier League relaxed its rules around match day squads.
The Tottenham boss branded England midfielder Townsend’s Spurs situation as "obvious", effectively accepting that the 24-year-old could leave White Hart Lane this month.
Newcastle are understood to be weighing up a second bid for Townsend after having an initial offer rejected by Tottenham’s board, with Watford and Southampton also interested.
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Townsend has not featured for Tottenham since clashing with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner in November, but Pochettino has claimed the Premier League should boost match day squads from 18 to 25.
When asked if Townsend has already played his last game for Tottenham, Pochettino replied: "The rule in the Premier League is that you can only pick 18 players, and if we change the rule like in Italy where you can put all the players on the bench, maybe that would be better and help the manager in the future.
"This is a good point to start to discuss, with the FA Cup and the Premier League, because I think maybe it would be a very good move.