It’s another Sunday and more reports that Newcastle are trying to lure Tottenham winger Andros Townsend to Tyneside next month to help to fortify the squad.
The Mail is reporting today that Mike Ashley is willing to pay out £8M for the 24 year-old England International winger and it looks like Newcastle are trying to tie up a permanent transfer for the player.
Andros Townsend – £8M deal to Newcastle?
Previously it has been reported they would take Andros on loan with a view to a permanent move in the summer.
If the deal goes through it will be one of the first times that Newcastle have been willing to pay out big money for English players rather than bring in players who are untested in the Premier League from the continent.
That transfer policy under Mike Ashley has led to only patchy success over the years under Ashley.
Andros is very keen to get into the England squad for the European Championships in France next summer and to do that he has to get regular playing time.
He can get that at Newcastle and also contribute immediately to the Newcastle cause this season – which now seems to be staying in the Premier League.
Newcastle are 3rd bottom of the Premier League after 15 games – something we were not expecting this season – after a disastrous second half of last season after Alan Pardew had surprisingly left the club for Crystal Palace.
Palace are now in 6th place in the Premier League and challenging for a European place for next season and recently hammered us 5-1 at Selhurst Park.
We expect owner Mike Ashley to make more big money available in January to follow on from the almost £53M we spent last summer – the fifth biggest amount spent by any European club in the summer transfer window.
If we can get Andros Townsend on board – he would be a very good acquisition for us – and worth £8M.