Andros Townsend said an "emotional" goodbye to Tottenham Hotspur as the England winger waved goodbye to 16 years at the club.
The 24-year-old is on the verge of a £12million move to Newcastle United and is expected to sign a contract and undergo a medical at St James' Park on Wednesday.
Townsend, who has 10 England caps, has not played for Spurs since October following a row with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner following a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa in November; Townsend had been an unused substitute and had to watch as teenager Josh Onomah came on ahead of him.
The winger had been frustrated under Mauricio Pochettino having played in just three Premier League matches this season, all appearances from the bench. He has been playing with Tottenham's Under-21s since.
He had been linked with a move away in the summer but Spurs decided to keep hold of him.
After news broke this morning Townsend took to social media, posting a picture of him leaving Tottenham's training grounds with the caption "emotional" and a sad face.
Although plenty of Spurs fans were keen to wish him luck, rival fans did not hesitate to criticise Townsend, or Newcastle for spending so much:
Remember when Andros Townsend cut in from the right + fired wide? It was almost as good as the time he cut in from the right + fired over.— Who Ate All The Pies (@waatpies) January 26, 2016
@andros_townsend Turn inside before trying to hit the target.— Matt Cotton (@FindingCotton) January 26, 2016
Dele Alli (£5M) + Eric Dier (£4M) + Trippier (£3M) = Andros Townsend (£12M) pic.twitter.com/eGXbRTAlg4— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) January 26, 2016
Andros Townsend: Has scored 3 goals from 77 shots in 45 Premier League apps in the last 3 seasons #thfc— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 26, 2016
Andros Townsend sold for £12M?? You're a wizard Levy pic.twitter.com/5lhTWRcytq— Filipe Orlando (@MrFilipeOrlando) January 26, 2016
Players who cost less than Andros Townsend will: Cech, Cazorla, Giroud, Koscielny…Vieira, Lauren, Edu, Pires, Henry, Overmars, Petit…— Arsenal Report (@ArsenalReport) January 26, 2016
I take no pleasure at all in seeing Andros Townsend leave. Talented and genuinely one of our own. Move right for all parties, but still sad.— Bankrupt (@bankruptspurs) January 26, 2016
Regardless of how many times you cut in and spanked it miles over, all the best @andros_townsend— ㅤ (@DeAndreYedIin) January 26, 2016
We live in a world where a club actually paid 12m for Andros Townsend.— Ryan. (@ryanspurs_) January 26, 2016
Andros Townsend gets a lot more stick than he deserves. I think he's a good talent and I wish him all the best at Newcastle!— Bradley (@__bradleysmith_) January 26, 2016
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