There’s news coming out today in nearly all the main newspapers that Newcastle have agreed a fee of £12M for Andros Townsend from Tottenham Hotspur.
The news is that Andros is yet to agree to personal terms being offered by the Tyneside club, but we’d be very surprised if there are any problems coming to an agreement on wages after the tough lifting has been done on the fee.
Andros Townsend – now discussing terms with Newcastle
It’s understood that both Watford and Southampton would also like to sign the 24 year-old England International winger, but it appears that Newcastle are now close to completing a deal.
There was news today in The Sun that Southampton were interested in getting Townsend in a part change deal for defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama, but they may have left that too late.
We (unashamedly) hope so because we need this player in if we are to have any chance of surviving in the Premier League.
It’s also been widely reported that Andros is keen to join Newcastle and once terms are agreed he will have a medical and then hopefully be introduced as Newcastle’s third signing this month after Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet were signed earlier this month.
That brings Newcastle’s outlay in January to close to £30M and that means we have spent £100M on new players since the end of last season – a phenomenal amount and yet we are still struggling for survival in the Premier League.
It will now be up to Steve McClaren and his coaching staff to get the job done and start to put some wins up on the board and quickly too.
If we were to hazard a guess we think Steve will get about five games to start putting some wins together and if he’s not able to do that then his job will be in danger.
After Mike Ashley has put up £100M and we are not finished yet – he has every right to expect a (much) better return then we have so far this season – 21 points from 23 games – the worst we have ever done at this stage in any Premier League season – ever.
We cannot keep listening to Steve McClaren tell us after a game we were the better team, but we missed our chances and controlled the game and played really well even though we lost – it’s all about results from now on.
And it has to be if we are to survive.