There’s news coming out of London that the breakthrough to get an agreement between Newcastle and Tottenham agreed for England winger happened when owner Mike Ashley personally got involved in the deal and called Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy to get the deal through.
The reports were that Newcastle were willing to offer £10M while Spurs wanted £14M and usually in these kinds of stalemates you do a binary chop and half the difference – so it seems the deal was done at around £12M.
Not a huge surprise.
Mike Ashley – intervened to get Townsend deal done
The Evening Standard is reporting Mike Ashley’s intervention and he is said to be on good relationships with many of the Tottenham hierarchy, including Daniel Levy.
It seems that Newcastle have also offered Andros good wages – although various reports quote different amounts – but it looks like Townsend was on about £20K a week at Tottenham and he’s getting at least double that on Tyneside.
Three years ago when we were also in deep relegation trouble with only 21 points from 23 games, Mike also got involved to bring four French players in during almost the last week of January.
So it’s not surprising that Mike is involved in the deals this month with Newcastle again in really serious trouble of being relegated.
It’s a real pity Ashley isn’t as concerned when we are in mid-table – but maybe this season´s shock combined with last May’s shock when we almost relegated in the final game will transform him into wanting a much better Newcastle side.
But at the moment we are odds on favorites to be relegated and job one is to stay up when May comes around.
Wonder if Ashley knows Chelsea´s Roman Abramovich – since we need Loic Remy on loan?