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Newcastle May Already Have One Transfer Tied Up

8:21 am, Thursday, December 17th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

In 15 days time the January transfer window will open up and although manager Steve McClaren refuses to talk about the upcoming transfer window Newcastle (Graham Carr?) will have already decided which are the targets they want to go after next month to strengthen our squad – which has struggled so far this season.

Hopefully we will bring good players in who can contribute immediately to the side and one of those we have been linked very closely with is Tottenham winger Andros Townsend.

Andros Townsend after scoring for England v Italy

Andros Townsend – yes – I’m signing for Newcastle

There were reports last weekend that Newcastle were lining up an £8M deal to sign the England International winger on a permanent basis in January.

Andros is unhappy at Tottenham because of his lack of playing time and he has appeared in only three Premier League games this season and not started any.

There are other clubs like Sunderland, Southampton, Aston Villa and West Brom after the player, but reports from the London press this week are saying he would more than welcome a move to Newcastle United.

One of the concerns we had about the January window was that we would be low down in the league table and it would be difficult to attract good players to the club.

But our last two wins and the 6 points will have helped us a lot and in the case of Andros he would have seen a fighting Newcastle side inflict the first league defeat on Spurs since August 8th – the opening day of the season.

So that certainly will not hurt our chances of getting him.

It could be that Newcastle have already agreed the deal – and it would be very positive if we can bring Andros in very early in the January window  so he can help contribute to the side immediately.

We hope that happens.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 banjax // Dec 17, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    December 17, 2015
    Can Newcastle make it 3 wins in a row? After beating Liverpool and Spurs, you would like to think so. But Aston Villa will come here with their managers words ringing in their ears ‘…lose this game and we are relegated..’ And if that doesn’t evoke a response then I don’t know what will. So this is probably the most risky 3 points of the games so far and it will also depend on Newcastle’s players maintaining their new found team spirit and work rate.

  • 2 will die for the toon army // Dec 17, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    If he is here the wat:

  • 3 andrewsneill // Dec 17, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Why are we so desperate to waste £8m on a man who, asid from one month of supposedly good performances for spurs, has looked so lacking in the premier league when we were unwilling to sign Andre Ayew for free (who already has more goals in his 16 games in the Premier League than Townsend has in his 62)?

    We do definitely need some improvement on the wings. The first step i’d take is to play Rolando Aarons more (if/when fit) on the left. A new centre back and a new left back (both first team) would then be my priority with a back up right back (Sam Byram maybe?) next as currently our only back up option at right back is the only centre back we bought in the summer.

    After that i’d either look at a right winger and then move Sissoko back in central midfield (in place of Anita) or look to get a better central midfielder and leave Sissoko out on the right wing.

    I fear this may all take a couple of windows at least though

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Dec 17, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Desperately disappointing if true. Ed Townsend is neither a top or good player. He wasn’t loaned out 9 times for no good reason.

    Look forward to frustating 30 / 40 yard shots with people better placed, less end product than Obertan and a bad attitude.

    Lamine Kone on the other end could be just what we need

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Don’t want Townsend at all. However he has a better record for goals and assists than Sissoko in the Prem. Very similarly frustrating players, who rely on their pace and power to mask their technical deficiencies. I would prefer to stick with Sissoko until we can get someone in who has the ability to deliver regularly.

    A waste of cash when it could be spent far better elsewhere at this stage.

  • 6 hibbitt // Dec 17, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    i find it very strange the club find it hard to spend money yet when they do there happy to waste it ……..townsend…… dead loss not good enough

  • 7 will die for the toon army // Dec 17, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    If Townsend is who Mcca wants. I will trust his judgement. Mcca is a coach not manager he coaches these kids to b better players so lets cool down a little bit. Thats why i havent given up on Thauvin except if he is jst a bad player.

    The deadwood is Willo Obertan Taylor Good Haidara Marvueax Goufrann Tiote Cisse De Jong???? Rivere??? Those ones i wldnt mind if i lose them.

    Townsend has skill and a goal threat that we dont have at the moment.
    Townsend… .Perez……Wijnaldum

    Is an improvement to what we have.

  • 8 Goldmbemba // Dec 17, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    townsend seems to do alright for england doesnt he.

    I havent seen him play much (obviously) but what is his play style?

  • 9 andrewsneill // Dec 17, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie. According to a number of sites Sissoko has 10 goals and 14 assists in 96 prem appearances while Townsend has 5 and 6 in 62 respectively. I make that a goal or assist in 1 in 4 games for Sissoko with it being 1 in 5.6 for Townsend…..

  • 10 eddyinpoole // Dec 17, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    We don’t need a right sided player especially town send. There is no play on our left we are lopsided.that Morocco chappy from fc.twenty looks the biz.more importantly we need a centre half and left back.onwards and upwards….

  • 11 chuck // Dec 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Townsend has been a decent player in the games i have seen him, but apperently he may not fit into the Spurs managers plans.

    Cisse is finished and doesn’t put in an effort, Wijnaldum should be playing as a number10#, but yes we need both a left winger and full back, as all attacking plays come from the combination of Sissoko and Janmaat.

    DeJong is no better than his brother and Wee Vurn is ok but when compared to Cabaye leaves a lot to be desired.

    Collo. has been a great servant to this club, so stop putting him down and he is still playing well, perhaps we can get another season outta him, providing we get a good replacement, he could be a great fill in at center back.

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