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Reports Newcastle Close To Third Signing In A Week

7:26 pm, Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 54 Comments

There is news coming through from Sky Sports and the Star that a deal is very close between Spurs and Newcastle for the Tyneside club to sign Andros Townsend – the 24 year-old England International winger who is keen to join Newcastle.

We reported this morning that negotiations were underway to sign Townsend, who would cost around £12M, and those talks are now said to be at an advanced stage.


Andros Townsend – close to signing for Newcastle

The Star is reporting that a deal is very close to being completed.

Steve McClaren is keen to get the England winger to Newcastle and it seems he will be successful for a second time this week in getting an experienced Premier League English International to sign for the Magpies.

On Tuesday Jonjo Shelvey signed for Newcastle from Swansea and will make his debut tomorrow against West Ham – the team he supported as a boy growing up in east London.

While the Star is reporting a deal is very close Sky Sports is reporting negotiations are underway.

Steve McClaren has talked to Andros and has already devised a plan to get him fit and ready to play for Newcastle as soon as possible, since he hasn’t played for the Tottenham first team since last October.

Like Jonjo, Townsend is  keen to get games with Newcastle, because he wants to get into the England squad for the Euro 2016 tournament in France in June and if both Englishmen play well for Newcastle there’s no reason both couldn’t make the England squad.

However,  that would probably mean England manager Roy Hodgson would have to make  at least one long journey up to St. James’ Park to watch them play.

If Newcastle can make this deal final it would be the third deal in five days for two Englishmen and  a Senegal midfielder – Henri Saivet from Bordeaux – for a combined transfer fee of around £30M.

That would be a gross transfer outlay of around £82M since the end of last season.

How much will it cost to keep us in the Premier League this season?

Once we hopefully sign Andros we still need a top striker brought in.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

54 responses so far ↓

  • 1 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    A lb and a young up coming rb is needed now and that will totally change us, it would give janmaat a kick up the backside that he needs.

  • 2 Bambams // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Still not totally sure about Townsend. ….I was at first but so many posters on here seem to not rate him.
    I have only seen bits of his play for England and a bit for Spurs. Must admit I thought he had pace and looked decent.
    Time will tell

  • 3 WWSBRD // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Andros Townsend averages a goal or assist every 280 minutes in the Premier League. Ayoze Perez averages one every 281 minutes… #NUFC

    Is this true?

  • 4 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    I am actually excited at the calibre of player Macca is bringing in. Townsend is the kind of winger we need electric pace, can go past defenders and a good crosser, all the things Obertan wishes he could do

  • 5 dok - the horrid colonial // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    better this, than the usual window where we wait until the last week to make any sort of move… unfortunately, we have to be aggressive, its a deep hole weve dug ourselves into

  • 6 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    get a pacey striker in and we should have goals galore…..
    think a cb is needed though

  • 7 John Tudor // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    oberton he could go by but forgot why

  • 8 SPRINGY // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    think that may be on the summer transfer agenda….lb anyway….been no mention of a right back with the exception of byram and he’s off to everton so think he’ll be looking at mbabu if he can have a run of games

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Lets hope it’s just a loan deal! Those £12M should be used on a CB!

  • 10 colwell // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    The price is a bit steep but he brings something we lack so badly an actual threat from the left with loads of pace and is very direct. He is much better than what we have and although his assists stats aren’t great it doesn’t take into account that he creates so many chances by skinning players and taking them out of the play leaving alot of space for others.

    He has an attitude who gives a shite so does Thauvin the slowest winger in the world.

  • 11 Belfast // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    How can you divise a fitness plan for a player before you’ve even signed him ? Surely you would need to assess his fitness and have a proper look at him first?

    You read some shite during transfer Windows.

  • 12 why oh why // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    If we can get this lad in I will be very happy.
    Top player this lad.
    I for one can now see our side taking shape under macca.

  • 13 SPRINGY // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    spurs were apparently only willing to do a perm deal…..according to reports like

  • 14 SUTTY1978 // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    WW, maybe so but have a look at his conversion rate, theres probably 50 crap pot shots for every goal scored.
    Get used to hearing the commentary….
    “TOWNSEEEND…goal kick”

  • 15 AncientC // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    jesperfuglsang – It may very well be a permanent deal. Townsend only has 12 months left on his deal in the next window – Tottenham will be doing everything they can to avoid that outcome.

    Here is hoping it isn’t a permanent deal.

  • 16 Belfast // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    As far as I’m aware he’s fit but not in the picture due to disciplinary matters

  • 17 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    I think left back is the most important position that we need to strengthen. Raphael Guerriero is a must signing. Keep Thavin, give him a chance. If we don’t sign a striker and centre back, we can play Lascelles and Riviere. Riviere needs another chance. Marveuax should be playing ahead of Shelvey.

  • 18 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    We could get £16m for both Colback and Dummett. It’s a no brainer to get rid of them. Palace wanted Dummett for £8m

  • 19 Dukis22lt // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Ill be very happy if Townsend comes here. Although he seems to prefer to play on the right, he will most likely be implemented on the left to cross that ball for Mitro. Also love the fact that he uses both of his feet to execute. Hes better than what we have in that position that’s for sure.

  • 20 WWSBRD // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Well tbf u fail to score 100% of the shots u don’t take

    Haha am pretty undecided on Townsend but I won’t judge the lad before he signs

  • 21 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:42 PM


    I think we need a defender in who can play across the back if we are going to wait till summer for a lb, just seen about Everton getting him.

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    SPRINGY/Ancient…to me a CB and a forward are more important. I don’t understand why we are avoiding the obvious?

  • 23 SUTTY1978 // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    WW, that’s like something from the management consultants book of favourite phrases!

    u fail to score 100% of the shots u don’t take

  • 24 SUTTY1978 // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Jesper, we always avoid the obvious, we’ve been doing it for years!

  • 25 WWSBRD // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Haha good line like isn’t it haha

    Tbf am not against getting someone in who is willing to take a shot

  • 26 Harley // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Really hope this comes off.

    Winaldum, mbemba, mitrovic, Shelvey, Townsend and most likely a new striker all in one season

    I don’t think anyone saw that coming. If only we’d bought Redmond instead of thauvin.

  • 27 JP...from The Rock // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Good news in my opinion.

    Bambams – I thought the same thing. I still think he’s better than what we’ve got and has the EPL experience. Now if only we could sign young Byram from Leeds to have another threat on the opposite wing. He can even play at RB and is available for less than 4m.

  • 28 AncientC // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    jesperfuglsang – when a Premier League club is sitting in the bottom three half-way through the season, choices are sparse and limited.

  • 29 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Repost as Ed moved again

    magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:43 PM


    I need no admonishment from you.

    I wished to leave matters as they were but you seem to want to continue on an offshoot of the original point perhaps because you have just come on and are catching up. It really isn’t helping that you feel inclined to treat us with your higher than thou approach when things have died down. Your posts may be regarded as muck stirring by some but I will give you the benefit of the doubt. If you can see your way to stop poking I think I can manage to stop barking -deal?

    For others

    I am sure Tuff would welcome matter being seen as done and dusted.

    Let’s do as someone else said and let the footie talk carry on there is plenty to fall out about 🙂

  • 30 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    With Cisse now injured, we could do with a fourth striker. Anyone out of Berahino, Remy and Lacazette would do. Anita and Mbabu are right and left back cover. We could do with another cb but lb is a must. If we get Townsend and Guerriero/Willems, I’d be satisfied.

  • 31 toonicle // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    My guess is we will be waiting till the summer and then signing Willems from the Dutch league there, sure wish they would bring in another CB this window yet. Colo may be playing well the last few games but in general I’m over him, time to move on and find a partner from Mbemba going forward.

  • 32 catchy in norway // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    w2e had HBA who had a goal or and assist every 120 mins, but p45 and his sheep followers chased him out

  • 33 SPRINGY // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    kone for 5m is a cb i think we should look at……striker’s are a lot harder we need pace and finishing abilitys so not easy to get them qualities in the position we are in

  • 34 Phoenix // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    I work with two spurs fans who go to games on a regular basis,they both say he is lazy which is why he can’t get in Spurs team

  • 35 Mag52 // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Good news on the Townsend signing.
    Just got to get him fit now and firing.

  • 36 will die for the toon army // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:54 PM


    That is a good team.

  • 37 WWSBRD // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    He’s gone mate and has been for a while…not time to move on?

  • 38 Thump // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    No blog about this, Ed?

  • 39 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Ancient…that’s true mate 🙂

    …but why are being so careless then? We need that CB and a forward to take the responsibility away from young Mitro.

    I am fine with someone like Townsend. He’s the kind of player that suits McC’s British football philosophy. But if we cannot get him on loan then the club should really learn the necessity of prioritizing!

  • 40 Moonraker15 // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Don’t knock it; these are quality signings. Just thought, if this team goes down it will be the best ever to be relegated and McClaren will be officially the worst coach ever in the PL. lol

  • 41 will die for the toon army // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    We are still lucky that our best players r not getting injured.

    Mitrovic, Perez, Mbemba, Colo, Janmatt, Wijnaldum.

  • 42 Bambams // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    JP from the Rock
    Pleased I am not the only one.
    Like I say I always thought that he was decent and he has pace.
    Let’s see what he can do before I judge him

  • 43 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    I was originally impressed with Townsend when at QPR and his early England games but not so much since and he has for whatever reason lost his sparkle.

    Wish I had more faith in Mac being able to help him discover it again as we can neither afford to waste more money on wingers nor drop points we should be looking for. Are there more signings to come?

    If we are seeing Mac’s influence at play then he is going to be running out of excuses without a rapid upturn in our fortunes.

  • 44 SPRINGY // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    thats my thoughts about a left back…..have thought that about willems when put on twitter “flying to the future” when visiting SJP earlier this season……probs way of the mark but with hairdryer injured thought lb would be one of the main transfers unless theres already an agreement in place…..all speculation like!lol

  • 45 CookyToon // Jan 15, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    If your not blown away by the player just be happy that these transfers are a sign that the times are a changin’ and our manager is having a say in transfers rather than Carr.

    Besides it’s refreshing to see proven English PL players coming into the team. Something we’ve sorely missed.

  • 46 banjax // Jan 15, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    I hate talking gross transfer money because it is sensationalist and misleading. Net transfer costs are what end up showing on the books and Mike Ashley will be clearing the decks of players who are costing in wages but are not up to muster in the squad. So don’t let the wool get pulled over the eyes over misleading amounts of money spent on new players at NUFC including this blog.

  • 47 NoahJ // Jan 15, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Spurs have a funny habbit of massively overpricing their players. I’m afraid Townsend is not worth £12m, and I would be disappointed if we spend that much on him; he’s worth £8m at the most.

    It’s ludicrous that the board thinks spending £28m on midfielders is acceptable, despite a good striker being our priority

  • 48 lochinvar // Jan 15, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Two England Internationals in a week – blimey !

  • 49 Toon Sufferer // Jan 15, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Well chuffed with Shelvey, don’t know much about saveit but if we get Townsend in as well i will be over the moon. We are finally really heading in the right direction.

  • 50 Sav // Jan 15, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    If, as we are assured, Carr watched Thauvin many times at Marseilles, can anyone tell me how in hell’s name he didn’t spot his team-mate Dmitri Payet, who cost less, had far better stats and has been the unqualified success in the EPL we hoped Thauvin would be?

  • 51 PompeyJohn // Jan 15, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Is anyone else worried that if we get Townsend they may sell Sissoko? Like others have said, it seems like an awful lot of money on midfielders when we need a striker!

  • 52 Premiership Manager // Jan 15, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    So we are now going to shell out £24 million for two young EPL players who have had England call ups yet cannot command a first team place in their normal teams, one with fitness issues and the other with attitude problems. We have failed to address the LB, CB and CF positions and at a time when the midfield is starting to pull together and create chances we are going to unsettle the good players by bringing in new midfield players who arguably may not improve the side.

    The one superstar winger we have signed may now go back to France on loan like Cabella who also cost in excess which could result in a £20M loss between them.

    You couldn’t make it up at any other club even Freddie Shepherd was more astute. If Ashley is going to invest in the club Penfold and Car need to go and the club needs to restructure. I may be worng and Shelvey, Townsend and Saviet may turn out to be good buys but we have still yet to address the key positions and there is a significant risk.

    I only hope that if we stay up there is not a fire sale with Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez and Mbemba being sold to fund the purchases. If we go down they’ll go anyway to balance the books.

    Such are the joys of being a Newcastle supporter

  • 53 slim2202 // Jan 16, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    I don’t know why so many fans keep saying we need a striker we need a striker. We don’t need any more. We need creativity and I think that’s exactly what these signings are about. Daryl janmaat can’t make every one two happen.
    Mitro will score when the team as a whole performs same for ayoze.
    Big three games coming up and to be honest love to see who says we need a striker should we win all 3.

  • 54 geordiemark // Jan 16, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    I don’t think townsend is worth 12m more like 6 maybe 7 at best

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