Report – Andros Townsend To Move On Loan To Newcastle


The Evening Standard is reporting today that Andros Townsend is close to completing  a deal which will see the England International move on an initial six-month loan spell to Newcastle with the option to make the move permanent in the summer for a fee of around £12M.

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Andros Townsend – moving on loan to Newcastle

Tottenham preferred a permanent transfer this month for £14M but neither Newcastle nor any other club was willing to meet that price set by Chairman Daniel Levy, so it seems this option serves both clubs well.

The deal seems to be some kind of compromise but why we couldn’t sign him now for £12M is puzzling.

One of the problems for Newcastle with this kind of deal is that if Andros does well then other bigger clubs could be in for him in the summer, and we could miss out on signing him permanently.

Townsend is said to be happy to move on loan to Newcastle until the end of the season and then look at what options he has in the summer.

The Evening Standard is reporting that Fiorentina were unable to match the wages offered by two Premier League clubs.

Watford were the other club wanting the England International winger and were willing to pay around £37K a week in wages, but Newcastle have offered in excess of £40K a week and are now in advanced talks to complete the deal.

In case the deal for some reason hadn’t been able to be agreed to, Newcastle were keeping tabs on Scott Sinclair of Aston Villa, but apparently the player would like to return to his former club Swansea.

We were also linked with Mat Phillips of QPR yesterday, in case we couldn’t get the Townsend deal completed.

Townsend will now have a chance at Newcastle to show England manager Roy Hodgson he is good enough to make the England squad for the Euro 2016 finals in France in June.

And Newcastle get a player who can immediately help us avoid relegation and gives us another option – a fast old-fashioned winger who can both score goals and create them and he can hit the ground running.

If the deal goes through quickly as expected, then Andros will be available for the game at Watford on Saturday and Newcastle could even allow Florian Thauvin to return to Marseille this month on loan.

While we would have preferred the deal to be a permanent one, it does get Andros to Newcastle for the vital run-in to the season and if he does well we hope we can make the deal permanent in the summer.

It does relieve the financial burden on Newcastle, who have already spent almost £70M on new players this financial year and if Townsend signs for us in the summer then that’s in the next financial year.

Newcastle have done well once again – if this deal goes through.

Now to sign a top-class striker – maybe Saido Berahino of West Brom before the end of the week?

Although reports today that Chelsea may be interested in the 22 year-old striker.

If we do manage to get Berahino in then that will be three Englishmen signed this month and Steve McClaren may be having more say on who comes into the club.

That’s good.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


128 comments so far

  • Reyantoon

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Arretez votre peche à la traine. Je sais ce que vous essayez de le faire.

    WW….Refer back to Sutty’s earlier comment. He correctly summed it up about Berahino.And Sissoko as well!

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  • Stick It On Me Jonjo

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Reya

    “This club is nothing without Wijnaldum and Sissoko.”

    I understand you are highlighting the importance of these players for the club right now, but to say that the club is nothing without them is a bit over the top don’t you think pal? lol

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Reyan
    All I can find is him saying Berah and Townsend may have an attitude and he is of the opinion Berah was a 1 season wonder…not sure how u could say that considering he hasnt played that much this season

    People said the same about Harry Kane and tbf am sure many say the same about our own Perez

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Nothing referencing him being thin though unless I have missed one

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  • hibbitt

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    i think this could work a loan to see if he fits would be good send him back if he doesn’t………… but still think 12m is way to much

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    hibbitt
    Does the price tag really matter to us as fans?
    I cheer on Perez (1mill) with the same voice as I cheer on Mitro (14mill)

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 19, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    A loan is better than forking out the cash, but still don’t see where he fits in at all!

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  • ayecanny

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Morning

    I’d be more then happy if we got Berhinho and Townsend, expensive yes.. but young, English and will want to prove people wrong. If we can get them both for 25 mil I would be happy. Berhinho has big potential, over 85 prem appearances he just needs to sort his attitude out but that will happen. Also will be first time in a long time where competition for places is going to actually happen. puts pressure on sissoko to actually perform every game rather then 1 every 3 games and mitrovic – hard not to like mitrovic I do believe he will come good but puts a bit of pressure on his position.

    I had a look at contract expiring in the summer, need woodman and Aarons to sign up as they both end in the summer, Aarons hopefully will sort his injury out and I hope he gets sent out on loan ( Wolves would be the perfect club for him)

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    A loan deal is the best option for both parties IMO,, the lads only played 64mins in EPL this season.

    I’m not his greatest fan but haven’t watched him consistantley so can’t judge to harshly. I do think £14m is steep considering other options available.

    I actually though with WBA being in for him also we were only showing interest as we wanted Saido. We’d pull out of Townsend deal if wba sell us Saido.

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  • Goofy

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    The loan idea is better for both parties. If we go down he can leave and if he flops then bye bye, nothing gained nothing lost. £12-14 mil is way off the mark for a guy who hasn’t played since ?? and who seems like a bit of a gob.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Ayecanny,
    I don’t think Berahinho puts pressure on Mitro. Berahinho couldn’t play the role Mitro does so it would be to partner him, or to play wide.

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  • switch365

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    £12m for Townsend = £6m player + £2m because he’s under 25 +£4m because he’s English

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  • toonincheek

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Not keen on Townsend, but a loan deal shopuld be OK.
    He will be giving it his all to try to make the England squad.
    Then, in the summer, we can see how things stand.

    Obviously we want options with no commitment but maybe that’s expecting a bit too much.
    Loan deals often have provision for the deal to be made permanent subject to a specified number of appearances.
    That’s OK – I see him as an option, as backup, not first choice.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Loan for Townsend is ideal. I am not sure why Ed thinks so highly of him. He isn’t really pulling up any trees at the moment. At least if we only loan him, we can see if he is a good fit here, and if he can gain some of the decent form he showed for England. If not, then we save 12M

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #15

    it may be the case that newcastle are paying 2m to loan him and if he signs in the summer the rest the money(12m) paid then

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #16

    repost;
    on the townsend/phillips debate
    from my understanding townsend is possibly coming in on the left hand side as that has been our most troublesome position all season which needs sorting now,it will take a little bit of a reinvention of the way townsend has played but the lad has played on the left not as much as on the right but has played there and is a natural left footer,phillips is right footer and a decent player at that,but he is more of a right winger/sided player and would be good competition for sissoko but right now its not a priority where as the left hand side is….people are talking about the money being so much different 5 m/14m….townsend is a 24yr old english international which has played mid to top half of the table more often then not, which we all know means his price will be inflated… whereas phillips is a 24 yr old scottish international who’s been playing in the championship and relegated from the premier,and you have to ask why has no premier side not made more of an effort to sign him,not knocking him as he would make a great addition to our squad to push sissoko but its not a priority at the minute the left hand side is…..just my view although im not 100% sold on townsend he would seem to be the better fit for what we need right now…..just my opinion like

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  • nut meg

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    He’s played 64minutes of PL football this season! A poor player IMHO but if he comes to nufc Ill give every chance to prove me wrong. The question is if he does come in,will he be playing for the team or will he be playing for Andros Townsend trying to catch the eye of the England boss?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #18

    Springy,
    Yeah, that sounds likely. I hope the permanent deal doesn’t have triggers, and it is more a case of a first refusal at that price, as with Luuk De Jong. Ideally he is a stop gap squad member until we can pursue better targets in the summer from a stronger position.

    I would have thought Townsend is demanding a starting berth though, as will Berahino so something will have to give from the current line up. They won’t be signing up having agreed that they had to fight for their place, not when Townsend wants a Euro berth and Berahinho is in the sights of stronger clubs, wealthier clubs.

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  • ayecanny

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #19

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Yeah I see where you are coming from, I don’t believe playing two up front is something we are going to do anytime soon.. He would add pace and if he worked on this holding up play he would be a great addition. He defo has a better shot on him then mitrovic tho, I can’t seem to think time where mitrovic has ever scored a goal outside of the box unlike berhinho

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  • Goofy

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #20

    Ifvwe changed the formation to 3-5-2 we’d be covered in just about every position and Mitro would have Perez or Wini upfront.

    We could get a LB on loan. Would seem a shame to drop Haidara or Mbabu when fit, so having a loanee would be the better choice.

    Our RB could be doing with a good back to give Janmast a rest. If we sign Townsend that would take some pressure of Janmaat getting up and down the wing. Janmmaat seems to love overlapping the winger but might burn himself out.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Extract from the mag article on Townsend
    Talking about NUFC wanting a loan move

    Not exactly surprising seen as it is 22 months since Andros Townsend completed a full 90 minutes in the Premier League, the 24 year in total having only started 34 PL matches in his entire career, scoring five goals.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #22

    I’m always slightly confused by people worrying about the club’s money. If the club want to splash the cash then I suspect Mr. Ashley has said “go ahead”. In other words, we can afford it. As long as we don’t do a Leeds or Portsmouth I’m not worried about the fees we pay. As long as we start winning and climbing the table that is all that matters.

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  • Jack Root

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #23

    Maybe this isn’t the time to scapegoat Carr. However he does have form for buying pick and mix footballers. Thauvin clearly wasn’t McClaren’s choice. Although he is left-footed Thauvin played on the right of Marseille’s 4-2-3-1 last season. Before signing he said he would prefer to be in the hole behind a striker, as he doesn’t enjoy defending. Overall he had massively disappointed last season in that wide attacking role. He scored only five goals and reports suggest he was drained by his defensive duties. To give a balanced assessment I would point out that earlier in his career he did excell on the left wing at Bastia.
    McClaren was still getting his feet under the table but Carr I assume saw Thauvin as a means of improving the service to Mitrovic and Cisse. Mitrovic is the sort of striker who is heavily dependant on the right sort of crosses and service. For me Carr stands charged of not learning from the Cabella experience. Was Thauvin seriously seen as better than Cabella !
    Last summer it was being talked about that De Jong would play in the hole. The position that McClaren had spoken of Wijnaldum occupying.
    McClaren has said that Sissoko’s best position is wide on the right.
    Anyway the French media at the time thought Marseille had got the better of the deal.
    Cabella cost Newcastle £12m but struggled with the physicality of the Premier League. It’s been said that Carr saw Thauvin as a player who would delight a Newcastle crowd that had relished watching Ginola and Robert. Many toon fans think he is fixated with the tricky ball player types and not with the Premiership in mind. We need a total reboot of the scouting system and programme. It seems on the evidence that McClaren’s hand has been strengthened.
    Wasn’t Thauvin included in Liege 1 worst team of 2014/15?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Springy,
    Townsend has played a grand total of 366 minutes on the left wing in the Premier league. Hardly vastly experienced there. If he was even half decent on the left he would have had more opportunities there at Spuds in the league, but he hasn’t.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #25

    @Jack Root – good points in there. I think what’s more worrying is that Thauvin was bought at a time when everyone bar those that had any say could see we needed a defender and a striker. Neither of those two positions have been filled. If Memba or Colo get injured we’re in serious trouble. If Mitro is injured we could be in trouble but at least it looks like the club are trying to buy a striker.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #26

    SuperShearer,
    I think people are worried about the spend because under Ashley we have learnt that the coffers have quickly run dry, so if £12 million is wasted on Townsend it is £12million less to bolster the back line or other positions that need it.

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  • rn2016

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #27

    Honestly think there’s no substance to these Berahino stories – just convenient journalism to make headlines. I don’t see where he’d fit in in the current set up, with Mitro up top doing great work off the ball (and getting into the right positions, crucially,), and Wij in the hole. Townsend more likely I reckon, but this whole £20m + for Bera – it’s still Ashley we’re dealing with here remember!

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #28

    I’ve read Townsend had a spat with a fitness coach at the start of the season and has been frozen out since.

    The price Levy wants for a player they don’t want is ott, if Townsend knows he isn’t going to get a game why hasn’t he put in a transfer request?

    I’d find it strange if it was anything other than a loan deal and I still don’t understand that, £14m is ridiculous given Townsend and spurs position.

    Something smells a bit fishy IMO

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  • JackButler

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #29

    £14 million for a player who is not wanted by his club is madness simp,y because he’s English, so a loan, if possible would be the best option as we are desperate for a striker and left back and no one knows how much they is available to spend

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  • lesh

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #30

    Maybe the talk about loaning Townsend rather than pay £12m now makes sense.

    It gets him off Spurs’ payroll for six months;

    Provides Spurs with the opportunity of getting more than £12m if he does well with us;

    But if we have the guaranteed option of buying him at £12m, that’s good for us;

    Tiote hasn’t been sold yet therefore available cash could be limited until he is sold;

    If/ when Tiote’s sold this window, the cash could go towards priority needs such as a top striker – like Berhinio for example?

    And the fact that Spurs’ are denied £12m up front, it’s cash could be limited and stop them buying Berhinio.

    Thus the arrangement could be a good one for all but moreso for us.

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  • Jack Root

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #31

    Super Shearer
    He was knocked back by JFK when he had come up with Douglas as the answer to our CB problem!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #32

    OP,
    If Townsend put in a transfer request he would likely lose his loyalty bonus that will have been agreed when signing the contract and is paid throughout. If you leave part way through, but don’t put in the request you receive it in full. Or that is something that is very common in contracts these days, so Townsend will likely have it.

    I can’t imagine Townsend having a massive bonus, but Levy likely wants to cover it.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #33

    Great bit of business if this is true for both Nufc and Andros.Make the lad prove his worth as im sure he will give his all with the Euro’s coming up. And I can totally see why its the best option for Townsend in case the unthinkable happens and we go down.

    Personally I think the coffers have finally been opened whether to stave off relegation or some ambition is actually being shown…I welcome it. Something behind the scenes has happened to Thauvin to let him go back after just half a season and they obviously feel Rolando is not quite ready yet, So bring in Townsend and let him prove all the Basher’s wrong

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  • AncientC

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #34

    JackRoot.

    1. Cabella did not cost £12 million.
    2. Cabella’s stats from the previous season were impeccable.
    3. Pardew had form for ruining flair players.
    4. It would not have been Carr’s choice to get rid of Cabella. The Thauvin deal likely hinged on Cabella going the other way, a means to get rid of Cabella.
    5. There were 3 other signings in the summer you failed to mention, and another two since then.
    6. Carr was tracking Thauvin before he joined Lille, there was a possibility to sign him then for a fraction of the cost.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #35

    @Lilongwe Geordie fair point mate. I just think Ashley is looking at the squad, looking at the league, seeing the potential for keeping us in it and saying “you know what, I spend big it’ll pay me back in less than a year and then some… if we go down… I’m kind of up the creek a little bit.” The man like a flutter and he’s done this before when we were teetering on the edge. I just hope that the West Ham game was merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we can do. With Wini playing in his preferred role and Shelvey supplying the ammo to Mitro and others I hope we can climb out of where we are.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #36

    Lg

    I’d thought of that, but how desperate is he for a chance to play and get in the England squad?

    I’m questioning his commitment already 😉

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  • JackButler

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #37

    everyone could see this mess was coming back in the summer, Christ its happening every season of late. We penny pinch in the summer and then panic come January, yes we spent decent money on Gini and the like, but we have so much ground to catch up we did not do enough in the summer. Shelvey is a good addition but we need three more quality players………………at least

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  • hibbitt

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #38

    ac
    so how much do you think cabella + thauvin have cost the club bearing in mind we will end up with neither of them at the club this season

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #39

    Personally I hope Townsend comes in and does the Biz for us.I couldn’t give a toss about his past all I am bothered about is that he comes here and performs and hopefully that forms part of the jigsaw that keeps us up.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #40

    SuperShearer,
    Maybe so, but it won’t be a bottomless pit, and does a right winger really address any of the squads problems?

    I’ve said all season that we wouldn’t go down, we just had to start putting players like Gini into the right positions and get good service to Mitro. Little tweaks of style and formation were required, and we have made a start to that now.

    Shelvey is a good acquisition, but it should have been in the summer – not necessarily Shelvey but a player of his ilk. We were crying out for it, and it was fairly clear to see. Now we need a left winger if we aren’t giving Thauvin a chance, yet we go for a right winger….

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