Newcastle Could Be Losing Top Player – Unexpectedly


Last night there was news that Andros Townsend was traveling to Lisbon to have talks about signing for Sporting Lisbon, who want to activate the release clause in Andros’ Newcastle contract.

The latest news is that he will be signing for the Portuguese club, but it’s still unclear whether there is any truth in the reports.

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Andros Townsend – could be leaving Newcastle

The reports claim that Andros was given permission to leave the England squad by manager Roy Hodgson to visit Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, but if that’s true then surely Newcastle would have been informed of the situation.

Other reports say that the England players were let go yesterday afternoon and didn’t have to report back until tomorrow morning, so that also gave a timeframe for Andros to travel to Portugal.

This would be a huge blow to Newcastle if these reports turn out to be true, because from what Townsend has said he seemed willing to stay at the club, if Rafa stayed and play for us in the Championship next season.

He had talked highly of Benitez and in the nine weeks the Spaniard was at Newcastle, Andros said the former Liverpool manager  had already made him a better player – and one reason he had made the England 26 man squad.

The main report is in the Record, a Lisbon newspaper, who had this front page today.

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Sporting finished just behind Benfica in the Portuguese League with an impressive 86 points, two points behind Benfica.

If this happens then maybe it will allow Newcastle to hold onto one of the players we were expecting to sell – Gini Wijnaldum or Moussa Sissoko – if they will agree to stay at Newcastle.

But this is the collateral damage that happens when a club gets relegated – and in any case we don’t want to keep any players at the club who don’t want to stay.

It does seem a  strange move for Andros to make however, as he’s keen to stay in the England squad and we would have thought staying in England would have helped that.

One last point – how could they ever afford his £80K/week wages he’s supposed to be getting on Tyneside?

If this rumor has no substance to it we would expect Newcastle to make a short announcement clarifying the situation.

Comments welcome.



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86 comments so far

  • Spoof

    May 24, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #1

    They could never afford to pay his wages, this is a non-starter.

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  • toonincheek

    May 24, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Agreed.

    No doubt Sporting Lisbon could match the (rumoured) 12m buy-out clause.
    But would they be able to match his wages, or otherwise tempt Andros into a permanent move?

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  • martoon

    May 24, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    YCMIU from last topic – “The trouble with quibbles”………………………….. 🙂

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  • Jib

    May 24, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #4

    This has more believability
    Juventus have offered €6.5million for Janmaat which we have rejected.
    Calcio Mercato thinks they’ll have to offer at least €12 million to get him as there are PL clubs sniffing around.
    http://www.calciomercatoweb.it/2016/05/23/janmaat-juventus-ce-lofferta/

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 24, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Townsend will 100% stay if Rafa does, he’s always saying how much he has improved him in his short time. Trust me guys he is staying.

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  • BandB

    May 24, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s worth watching Townsend as he is by far the most likely to stay because of Rafa.
    I believe the buy-out clause is £8m.

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  • WWSBRD

    May 24, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t see this happening but I do expect Townsend to leave

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  • Spoof

    May 24, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Townsend’s career has been blighted due to managers never trusting him and giving him an extended run, Rafa is a top manager who could get us back up and challenging at the top end of the PL table again, and he does seem to rate Townsend very highly, what was it he said about Andros, he doesn’t realise just how good he is, something on those lines anyway, so would Townsend not stay to see if we can get back up straight away and then see what happens, he could move and be in the doldrums again, and he knows better than most what that is like, and he also knows that unless it’s self inflicted that won’t happen here, I doubt that he would want to go, not even to a PL team.

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 24, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    My dentist in Gosforth is excellent and I’m sure would be able to take Rafa and his associates as new clients. They are saying they are full and are not taking new clients as such as I tried to introduce a friend of mine who has moved up from the south and they weren’t interested . However I’m sure that with Rafa being so high profile he’d be ok.

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  • Spoof

    May 24, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Janmaat is dreadful, he would be the first on my get out list, dreadful defender, I do expect Rafa to get rid and replace with a defender who can defend, as we know Rafa does like to keep it tight and compact so fullbacks who cannot defend I would expect to be playing elsewhere, I cannot see Dummett leaving as he is good at defending, but Janmaat, dreadful, the sooner he goes the better.

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  • BandB

    May 24, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Obviously the club will be very keen to ensure its executive grade people don’t have to mix with the Bolshie, flat-cap wearing peasants and freeloaders who inhabit the north-east.
    Hence the extended contract talks.

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 24, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Townsend will definitely be away. As will Janmatt, Sissoko and Winjaldum.

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  • martoon

    May 24, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #13

    BandB – I’ve heard the figure of £8m as well. What puzzles me is why buy a player for £12m and then put a £8m release clause in his contract???

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  • Jib

    May 24, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #14

    http://www.record.xl.pt/futebol/futebol-nacional/liga-nos/sporting/detalhe/townsend-ja-foi-treinador-por-villas-boas.html

    This is the piece Ed is on about
    It seems to be saying that AVB rated Townsend when he managed Tottenham.

    AVB is back in Portugal after refusing to sign an extension to his Zenit SP contract to spend more time with his family.

    What a shitstirring rag the Sun is.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 24, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #15

    @Spoof

    I cant see Janmaat wanting to put in 100% against championship wingers he was at fault for a lot of goals last season by just not looking for runners or marking properly or putting in the effort ! Against Southampton was one of the worst I have seen from a full back!

    Dummett plays against fast wingers every week and he doesn’t lose the rag punching walls and getting sent off we looked so much better with Anita at right back as he has pace and is positionally aware !

    When he first came to the club he looked good going forward but probably cant be bothered with us after a season of Carver and Mclaren ! Benitez could turn him around but I imagine he would want his own right back in which I would be fine with

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  • Jib

    May 24, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #16

    I think the Record is the Sun’s sister paper

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  • hate

    May 24, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #17

    It’s totally expected to loose our best player. Won’t be surprised at all.

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  • BandB

    May 24, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #18

    martoon

    Isn’t it quite usual for a relegation release clause to be significantly lower than the market value?
    He was signed in January when relegation was already a live possibility, and he has England ambitions. He may have asked for it.
    Obviously, he can’t afford to be seen to be saying one thing and seeking another.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 24, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Betty was that post about? Hshs

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 24, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Haha* ?

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  • BandB

    May 24, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s part of Trinity Mirror, Jib.
    Definitely NOT a sister paper……..:)

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  • Our Toon

    May 24, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Can people explain why they think townsend would want to stay? Other than he Benitez got the best out of him, the lad will jump ship as he always had that buyout clause even though he told us he was confident of staying up.

    It’s common practice, say one thing in the press and do something else behind the scenes, he will go this summer, the clause is his guarantee of someone matches it and rafa staying will have no impact on him at all, those thinking it will are deluding themselves

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    May 24, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #23

    I’ve heard a few times townsend doesn’t have a relegation clause. He signed with the confidence we were going to stay up.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 24, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #24

    @Shadow_Shearer

    Was this not reported at the time ? Pretty sure Shelvey doesn’t have a release clause either

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  • BandB

    May 24, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Our Toon

    He has spent a fair bit of time blowing smoke around (and up) and sounding positive about the “Rafalution.”
    There’s no need at all for him to do this, as it is bound to backfire.
    But yeah, off course, he could be talking out of his arse.

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  • martoon

    May 24, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #26

    BandB – Yeah you’re probably right – it just seems like poor business. I’m not sure if this story is true or not because you would think he would want to stay in this country because of his England ambitions – if it was a Premiership team then I could believe it more.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 24, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Martoon

    A classic trek episode.

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  • BandB

    May 24, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #28

    martoon

    It’s one of those “exclusives” that no-one else seems to have been that bothered to follow up.
    Which usually means the writer or desk has taken a flyer.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 24, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #29

    The Mag have various tweets on thier townsend article, including a photo of him with a fan at the aiport. Than there is a picture of a guy holding a sign that says “Townsend, Andrew” (yes, Andrew, not Andros) it is supposed to be lisbon airport. I have doubts if they cant even get his name right.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    May 24, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Lee charnley bunga

    I’m sure it was reported at the time. & if he was to leave, im sure he would wait till after the euros rather than rush off. Sounds like a newspaper rumor.

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  • G

    May 24, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #31

    There were rumours doing the rounds that we could loan him for a season, if no promotion, then he could leave for 8m. Again, this was purely speculation, however, given the circumstances we were in when he signed, its plausable?

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  • Spoof

    May 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Our Toon

    yes it is common practice but that doesn’t mean it’s assured, remember the last time we went down and Jonas said he would stay if he got assurances from his international manager that it wouldn’t affect his chances of making the Argentina side, I think it was Maradona, but whoever it was gave those assurances and he did stay, now it was Townsend’s father who hinted that due to what has happened to Andros in such a short space of time, that even if the clause is met just like Rafa he may decide not to go anyway, now why would his father say that, there was no need for him to do so, but he did so we have to ask why and the logical conclusion is that Andros himself would rather stay.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    May 24, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #33

    It would be different if next year was world cup. Every player would be leaving to make the international team. It’s a good thing world cup is 2 years away

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 24, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #34

    if you want something done well, you take the time to do it properly.. in rafa’s case, get it sorted out correctly, and we begin to build our club the way it should’ve been all along…

    im not worried about the wait for his announcement… itll be well worth it imo…

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  • Ron Knee

    May 24, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #35

    “Rafa Benitez is taking soundings on potential players and young players who spent last season out on loan as he continues to work towards building a Championship-ready squad for next season.

    Benitez wants to hit the ground running for next season and has assembled plans for pre-season as well as taking decisions on contract renewals. He has also taken soundings on Adam Armstrong and contacted managers with Championship experience in preparation for next season.

    A formal agreement still seems a “few days” away.

    At the moment the view from both camps is that there is no reason to panic. Although currently in the North West, Benitez remains in contact with Lee Charnley and the club and there have been no hitches.”

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  • BandB

    May 24, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #36

    People have a habit of telling journalists what they think they want to hear.
    It is pretty much a failsafe rule of thumb.
    Townsend wanted out of Spurs because he’d dropped out of the limelight and therefore out of England contention.
    We offered him first team Premier league football. We can’t do that now.
    It would be a stunning act of faith for him to stay.

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  • BandB

    May 24, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Ron

    The buzzphrase today is “no need to panic unduly.”

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  • WWSBRD

    May 24, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Seems Townsend senior doesn’t think this is true

    Some bloke on Twitter made it up and the paper ran with it…much like the Agger story

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  • reilly

    May 24, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #39

    this rumour was started by a makem on twitter.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 24, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #40

    BandB,

    gmorning…whats the best way to contact you? id like to get your email, so I can send you pics of our pitch in SA like we talked about?

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