Mike Ashley Broke Deadlock To Get Townsend Deal Agreed

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?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Jan 27, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Think he can hammer Jeremy Peace for Berahino?

  • Lanzatoon42

    Jan 27, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Has townsend signed the dotted line yet?

  • firebug666

    Jan 27, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #3

    But anyway Ashley has nothing to do with the running of the club, or transfers………Yeah! That’s what I thought.

  • Bambams

    Jan 27, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Fella there is no transfer intelligence and I would post if I could.
    If I hear something that I believe I could get away with sticking on here I would. No doubt I will still get the usual grief if I did.
    Cheers fella

  • 2 goals 1 cup

    Jan 27, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    apparently chelsea going after RVP now i think we should forget about remy and just go for pato his already made it clear he wants to play in the premier league if he cant guarantee us goals nobody can

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Ashley spends all this money and has still not covered the three positions crying out to be strengthened i.e. Left Back, Striker & Centre Back. We have no recognised cover at present for either Dummett or Janmaat.. The only valid cover at CB is Lascelles who is inexperienced & Saylor who will be back on the sick before Easter. If we get further injuries /suspensions to defenders we are stuffed. We have conceded 41 goals this season three more than Villa & just less than Mackems & Canaries.We can’t score goals especially away from home. It’s not rocket science. Bring in Remy on Loan, Robertson from Hull & Dunk from Brighton for much less than what we are rumoured to be prepared to shell out on Bearhino. I also think Perez (probably off to Spurs) is more skyrocket money for Ashley (part of deal done with Levy over Townsend)

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 27, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Lee Ryder thinks it’s between Rémy and Gomis.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Let’s face it every year 31st Jan there is always a star player out of the door. Let’s hope it’s not Perez, Gini or Sissoko. Need to move on Marvaux, Obertan, Williamson, Gouffran . can’t believe we’ve let Ferguson go before another LB brought in. He was our only cover apart from Mbabu.

  • toon kk

    Jan 27, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Tbh I’m not being negative but unless we get some quality striker in I can almost guarantee we’ll go down, we’re far too inconsistent and lack cutting edge to do anything else. Our poor work rate is often to blame.

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Jan 27, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #10


    neither of those names fill me with hope

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 27, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #11


    Me neither!

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #12

    If it’s Remy or Gomis we’re in trouble

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #13

    I hope your right Ron but I fear the dreaded annual quote: “We tried to get a recognised striker over the line but just failed at the last hurdle” AGAIN! Please prove me wrong but LB cover is of equal importance.
    Robertson ironically turned down Derby today for £6M. but he may come to Premiership.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #14

    OP 12 Would you rather it be Lacazette for £25 untried untested in Prem or Remy or Gomis who have scoring record in Premiership?

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #15

    West Lancs

    The Rémy of 2 years ago would be a great signing, but he looks sluggish these days.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #16

    West lancs

    In a nutshell yes, Gomis is rubish, he makes Shola look prolific. Remy isn’t the player we had 2years ago, he’s unfit and has bedn a rarely used sub over the last 2 years.

    Both sort of proven but IMO not what we need ATM.

    I’d rather a young hungry ambitious untested player over a journeyman any day of the week, twice on sat and three times in a Sunday.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #17

    If the player is of good enough quality pl expirience isn’t a must.

  • lesh

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #18

    So, Ashley’s intervention should mean another reason to sack Charnley. He’s hopeless!

  • ToonMatt

    Jan 27, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #19

    I thought Eddie Hitler was in charge of transfers? Proves how good he is at his job, Get the muppet sacked.


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