Newcastle Confident Of Signing England International In January

There´s a report in the Mail tonight that Newcastle are confident they can sign Andros Townsend in the January transfer window and it´s hardly surprising that the club are fully aware they have to spend big time in January if we are to remain a Premier League club in May.

And from the Mail report it evens seems there has been some negotiation with Townsend and he´s been almost guaranteed a starting place if he agrees to join Newcastle.

Andros Townsend

Andros Townsend – on loan to Newcastle?

That is important to Andros because he will be keen to get into the England squad for the 2016 European Championships in France next summer and he´ll not have much chance of doing that on the bench at Spurs.

The deal is likely to be a loan deal through the end of the season with an option to make it permanent in the summer.

Townsend is the exact type of player we should be signing in January – somebody who can  come in and make an immediate impact at Newcastle – since he´s an experienced Premier League player.

With Newcastle likely to be near the bottom of the league in January, it could be difficult to get many permanent deals closed during the winter transfer window.

Andros has played 93 games with 11 goals and 15 assists for Spurs, and his club may want as much as £15M for him in any permanent deal, but he is also an English International.

Andros played for most of the England Youth sides and made his full debut for England back in October of 2013 against Montenegro, and he had a great game in the 4-1 win – making one goal and scoring a fantastic goal and was the Man of the Match.

But he has since found it difficult to get caps for England and currently has 10 caps with three goals.

He has spent time on loan getting first team experience at a number of clubs including Ipswich. Millwall, Watford, Leeds United and Birmingham, and while on loan at 9 different clubs in total, he’s made another 110 first team appearances with 11 goals.

Andros has played only seven times for Spurs this season and only three times in the Premier League.

He would be an excellent acquisition for us in January – if we can get him in on loan.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

54 comments so far

  • manxpie

    Nov 25, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #1

    sage the problem there is that there is an endless list of managers and under ashley in his whole time here he has shown he doesn’t give a shit
    it’ll might be moyes but probably can’t “afford” him

    people were saying when mcclaren got appointed derby were easily playing the best football in the league (i know it was the championship) but until there bad injury list they were favourites to walk the league

    circumstances have a hell of alot to do with things especially in football and management in particular and under ashley its the circumstances that are always a car crash

    i don’t agree he’s useless at all the state of this club on the other hand tho……….

  • manxpie

    Nov 25, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #2

    £15 mill for an outcasted player!!

    we gave our ones away free cheeky buggers!

  • lesh

    Nov 25, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Townsend coming in’d surely put an end to Thauvin, presuming of course that Obertan moves on this winter?

    Unless Thauvin moves down there in exchange?
    even Obertan????

    Nah, Levy’s not that daft

  • manxpie

    Nov 25, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #4

    i actually think he’s a decent little player especially since he’s done it in the prem not the lesser leagues of europe

    if he was called andros townsendini people probably wouldn’t have such a problem but nowhere near 15 mill!

    he still looks like a guti mini me to me tho!

  • AncientC

    Nov 25, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #5

    I wonder if Sissoko would be part of a deal for Townsend. It would seem to make sense, if the club wants Townsend that is.

  • manxpie

    Nov 25, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #6

    ancient do ya mean perez?
    thats who there supposedly after like

  • Our Toon

    Nov 25, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #7

    I was one of those that was willing to give mcclaren a chance until January but I have to say the last 2 performances have me doing a complete uturn. Plenty of chat about players not being motivated or trying or even good enough, sorry but that’s bollocks, look who’s sitting at the top of the table at the minute!!

    McClaren doesn’t have a game plan, you have a player that thrives on crosses and we don’t even play to his strengths. Why should the players show any ambition and work hard only for the owner to piss it all away by selling a key player like he’s done in the past. Chickens coming home to roost for Ashley, he’s shown no ambition so the players can’t be accused of not showing any. If they do show ambition or play well he’ll only derail them!!

    As for leaders it’s spot on we don’t have any, Ashley doesn’t want opinionated players hence why he sold them, mcclaren has lost the plot. He has no identity at all and using Bigi at CB over friendlies is coming back to bite him on the arse and rightly so.

    Sack the bloke amd get a foreign coach in as brits have no clue… offence but I’m British as well!! Shocking and gutless the bloke can’t even inspire the players at half time!! Wally with a brolly must go!!

  • AncientC

    Nov 25, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Manx, I was thinking Sissoko as he plays the same position as Townsend (for us anyway) and Sissoko looks to be wanting European football with an English club. I cannot see us keeping both players happy if they want football for the Euros.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 25, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Townsend on the left and sissoko on the right!! The last thing I want is for a striker who thrives on crosses to be even more nullified by 2 wide players cutting in to shoot!!

  • AncientC

    Nov 25, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #10

    I see Townsend only has a year left on his contract at the end of this season. That would explain any apparent interest… on the bargain hunt.

  • manxpie

    Nov 25, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #11

    ah rite i see ancient well no in answer to ya question they’ve got dembele who is the player sissoko thinks he is lol

    ourtoon people are forgetting leicester’s run is from last season aswell not just this and they actually have hungry players plus i think the tinkerman was the only change the backroom staff are the same
    what wingers that can cross does mclaren have to call on?
    it shows the idiotic transfer policy perfectly

    i cant see how any manager in the entire world can (seriously) do much better IN THE PREM with the set up we have

    it was the toughest job in the league before ashley its now impossible!

  • manxpie

    Nov 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #12

    on the winger point this whole spanish lovein in recent years has done with the out n out winger which is wat made english football the best in the world it opened up the pitch and made for fast and furious games

    hopefully that will come back and we can have our solano’s, gillespies and ginolas of this day back

  • Our Toon

    Nov 26, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #13


    That’s where our opinions differ mate, we go for below par managers or coaches and when they struggle we blame the players for not being good enough, yet at previously clubs these players most of these players were very good. Yes this is a tough but just how tough is it compared to others? We saw man utd tonight again flattering to deceive in Europe and looking like it’s europa cup. Arsenal need to go to Greece to salvage something. Citeh got beat in both games v a struggling Juve team who are miles off the pace in Italy.

    If you pay the going rate you get a good manager who has a philosophy but more importantly a manager who understands the modern game of pressing high. Leicester are where they are through hard work, they press high up the pitch, we sit back and invite pressure. McClaren had a chance in the summer to put his stamp on the team in friendlies, he choose to play the likes of Ferguson and Laschelles and Bigi etc as defenders, yes we had a an injury here or there but we still didn’t press!! Only game we have pressed as a team was chelsea at home and that was only up until the 60mins…..then we sat back and got battered…..same with citeh.

    Difference between Klopp and Rodgers….pressing game amd getting players to attack in numbers quickly, not passing sideways and letting the opposition reorganise.

    Nigel Pearson got Leicester out of the mire last season no doubt about it, but he also left out one the stand out players in the league this season in Mahrez, his reasoning was that he doesn’t track back. The lad didn’t track back against us on Saturday and Ranieri couldn’t give a toss…..because at the other end he was class. McClaren struggled in championship with arguably the best squad in the league last season….the favourites to go up. Pardew plucked from league 1, I know you like him and the bandwagon for him to be England manager has come halting to a stop since winning 1 in his last 6 games. Here’s a manager who bemoaned the fact he wasn’t allowed to sign players he wanted when he left the club, has since bought in 10 players to palace of which he only uses 1….the others either bench warm or don’t play at all…..the one who does play is his former player that was provided to him. Then you have Carver, Shearer and Kinnear. Houghton did very well and is doing so again with Brighton.

    Yes this job is tough with the restrictions but other clubs around the world have similar issues, is this the 4th worst squad in the league as it stands? No it’s not, has there even been more than 2 performances worth shouting about in 10 or more games….no. The performances are key to me, if you play decent football and lose then fair enough you just aren’t good enough…..but if you play the shite we’ve had to witness this season, then the blame is the managers who’s failed to even stamp his authority or identity on the team!!

    McClaren, pardew etc are massively underwhelming managers and people, bring in a bright foreign coach like a Mr Flores of Watford who bought 15 players yet they have no issues. A championship defence that can do it at the top level because of hard work and sensible positional play. McClaren should stick to being a coach because as a manager he doesn’t cut it. At Twente he didn’t have a say in transfers but won the league

  • manxpie

    Nov 26, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #14

    ourtoon i’d argue its the worst squad in the league as its incomplete massively and always is under ashley especially as i said when injuries occur
    on mahrez its not about tracking back he actually has produced consistently and works hard in pressing as you say you cant say the same for ben arfa which you were alluding to

    who out of our squad right now were very good players at there clubs? mitro mbemba wiji perez(second division) janmaat is all i can think of but from top teams from there shitter leagues the same goes for your theory on europe

    how many hard games do the top teams in the european leagues have week in week out bugger all is the answer seen as they get most of the money
    its like chelsea playing barca and then notts county at the weekend in some leagues
    plus its a knockout comp anything can happen

    as for an untried foreigner wat will change?
    it might for a very quick fix but under ashley it will go to shit guarenteed

  • manxpie

    Nov 26, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #15

    forgot to say mcclaren struggled when he had horriffic injuries he was flying before hand plus that was before the owner massively invested in them

    if they don’t come up this season then it will be an ashley kind of failure and thats not my words (well the ashley bit)
    but from many pundits as they really do have the top squad now with the price tag to match

  • manxpie

    Nov 26, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #16

    my last rant tonight lol will be this bloody thing “that it works on the continent”
    it might do but its not its without doubt the toughest league in the world soon to be the richest in the world
    how is a person supposed to build a team to compete in the toughest league in the world when he has no or very little say in transfers infact here its if we even need them or not!!?

    its ridiculous but i keep on hearing oh well thats what they do in france or holland!!

    their set up is for that so they sell to the bigger leagues ffs
    look at porto or ajax for instance constantly big clubs in there countries after selling star after star because they have no real competition

    it works in europe because there leagues aint anywhere near the prem!

    our supposedly lower teams are buying from them leagues constantly so it shows the step up

    if this club doesn’t show consistently to actually build a proper squad it shows how we are run full stop!!

    and we can all see how that is going!

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 26, 2015 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Just reading a bit in the Telegraph about Platini. Seems he tried to block the Swiss Authorities from getting access to his bank accounts. That is despite him saying he was transparent and nothing to hide.
    Gist is he cannot stop the cops from getting records from his bank.
    Old adage in fraud investigation — find the money and prove the case.
    Another one with his snout in the trough.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 26, 2015 at 4:29 AM

    Comment #18

    I think it depends entirely on Ashley’s intentions. One or two decent acquisitions in January and 3 or 4 next summer, and next season might be very different of course, possibly even the 2nd half of this. As always it’s hard to judge where we are. Perhaps this is the final kicking and mewling of a squad being taken by the scruff of the neck.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Nov 26, 2015 at 4:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Some canny comments on here been a good little read.

    I think it’s fair to judge McClaren after January, stick with him for now.

    There are still problems and holes which need to be filled, January should see them sorted out.

    I think it’s the neglect of the squad over a long time which is the major issue at the Toon, until it’s sorted and has some balance to it, decent cover through our great injury lists, it would always be a struggle.

    Bring on January and the second stage of the recruitment process, I think McClaren will safely take us to mid-table if the squad is corrected in the right area’s. And also, if we sell, they need to be replaced straight away in that window.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2015 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #20

    I just wish for once we would sign a manager worthy of the job, if not just because we deserve it, but also to prove for once that it does make a huge difference who manage the club!

    Of course nothing has change since we have just replaced Paedew with someone similar and we have installed the biggest laugh of a board.

    lesh…touch the essences of the situation in his post #45 on the last thread.

    Our Toon…seems to have it as well I think!

    Well morning Ron and everyone else 😉

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 26, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #21

    Ed – Enjoy Thanksgiving and the Parade.

    On Platini- it’s a case of following the money.

  • nut meg

    Nov 26, 2015 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Townsend, NO THANK YOU! Runs,shoots high over the top or hopelessly wide,can’t cross & can’t pass.Little difference between him and Obertan only he runs with the ball where as Obertan usually forgets to take it, zero benefit !

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #23

    On Townsend…we have the French version already, surely this is just a joke?

  • John Tudor

    Nov 26, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #24

    A Ndros says NO

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 26, 2015 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #25

    Moning jesper

    Wow! A Spurs reject. That sets the pulse racing!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #26

    Ron…just what we need mate 😉

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 26, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #27


    Watch us go racing up the table!

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 26, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #28

    If you say no to Townsend, then who would you bring? very Limited options available to choose from.I liked the idea of signing him on loan with the option of making it permanent depending on his performance..

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 26, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #29

    We need a good crosser of the ball, so not Andros Townsend. I’m not sure why we would even consider getting Bas Dost unless we are revamping the entire midfield, and getting rid of most. We already have one centre forward who is superb attacking crosses, but we don’t get crosses into the box for him. Why buy another?

    Townsend and Dost just look like more purchases for the sake of buying rather than addressing our actual needs and deficiencies.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #30

    Ron…what do think we should do. Should McClaren be given the January transfer window as well?

    After this weekend chances are we will finish in the bottom 4. When is the right time to act? Will Ashley just keep on making the same mistake managerwise?

    Some seem to go all out on suggesting players should always give a 100%. Can you really expect that knowing the club have absolutely no ambitions?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #31

    Reyan…you just want to bring for the sake of bringing?

    …there are plenty of charities to support if you have money to burn!

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 26, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #32


    We have some ambitious players – whether deluded or not – who aspire to greater things elsewhere. Why don’t they try harder so that they’ll attract attention from bigger clubs? You’d think they’d want to play well if only out of self-interest.

    It’s a Catch-22 situation on a change of manager. The team that brought us Pardew, Carver and McClaren doesn’t suggest they’d bring in the type of coach we need.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 26, 2015 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #33

    And they’d have to admit they made a mistake in choosing McClaren. What would Fatso think of that?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 26, 2015 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #34

    Yup, players keep bleating about moving to a bigger club, yet they don’t put in the hard yards and perform to a level that will get them the move.

    Look at the difference between that and Cabaye for example, Cabaye was upset we didn’t let him move, but he came back into the team and gave everything. 7 goals and 3 assists in his had season before he went, but much more than that he controlled the tempo and the team. It didn’t work out for him, but he put the effort in to get his big move.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 26, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #35

    The only reason we are going for Townsend is because Spuds don’t want him so he won’t cost an arm and a leg. Redmond is a far better purchase, but Norwich would fight to keep him.

    I’d love us to go get Chris Brunt as well, not exactly a stellar player, and wrong side of our age bracket but excellent delivery into the box from a most areas. Despite having played a more central midfield role this season he still has more crosses per game this season then any of our players. Plus he is far more of a leader then we have. Matt Ritchie is another grafter who gets the ball into the box well.

    Any of those players would improve service to our strikers, be it Cisse, Mitro or Dost. None of those are fancy names or world stars though, so unlikely too many would agree except on Redmond….

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 26, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #36


    Yes, and the same for his pal Debuchy.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 26, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #37

    The other thing, I read an article in the guardian a month or so ago which was talking about crosses from open play. 6 out of the top 10 are players that play as a full back. Trippier must be getting frustrated at Spuds, we should have gone for him in the summer as competition for Janmaat. More crosses than any other player per game last season, strong in the tackle and a hard worker.

    Anyway, Trippier is an unlikely target now, but Janmaat has been far poorer this season providing crosses, and on the left hand side we have nobody to do it. A left back who can defend and cross would therefore seem a sensible purchase.

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 26, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #38

    Signing Townsend on loan is a good idea.Boosts our attack on the wings.He was regarded as future England star not long ago.Just injuries pegged his progress.He is only 23 or something.
    Obertan,Aarons and Marveaux are injury prone.
    Very little chance they’ll play again this SSN.
    If something happens to Sissoko or Wijnaldum,
    We’ll sunk further in to another nightmare.
    Signing him only boosts our attack and options rather than limiting things..

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #39

    Ron…football is a team sport and they are just people like the rest of us. And like the rest of us I think at some point you just get to the point where you don’t care!

    …like it or not, but it’s just human. I think it’s important to understand why we are where we are! Lesh said it well on last thread at #45.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 26, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #40

    Yeah, Debuchy as well. It is a mindset thing. Some have the determination and drive to push themselves forward, others don’t. We have an abundance of players who don’t have that drive, decent players but don’t push themselves.


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