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.
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.
What do you think?