News today in the Mirror that former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, now at Crystal Palace, has made an £8M offer for Newcastle winger Andros Townsend.
That’s the amount said to be in the release clause of his contract that was signed when Newcastle brought him into the club from Tottenham in January for a reported £12M.
So one good question we have is why is the release clause being quoted at £8M – which would mean a loss within six months of £4M?
Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez during Newcastle’s 5-1 win over Spurs
As we saw very clearly last season those running Newcastle – namely Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – were totally incompetent and that was the main reason we were relegated, but surely they are not daft enough to buy a player for £12M and then set the release price at £8M.
The local papers have quoted that release figure as £13M, which make more sense.
Rafa Benitez has also said he wants to keep the majority of his players in the squad for next season and Andros Townsend is one of them.
Rafa doesn’t have to sell any player this summer such is the (good) state of Newcastle’s finances – and that was one agreement he got from owner Mike Ashley before agreeing to stay with the club.
We expect Andros to be one of the players to stay at Newcastle with the three likely players to be sold this summer being Daryl Janmaat, Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum and Newcastle could possibly get close to £40M for those three.
But as we said if Rafa wants to keep those three – he will – and that’s independent of which clubs may come in for them – with Rafa already thinking long term on Tyneside.
The 24 year-old England International has expressed a wish to stay at Newcastle as long as Rafa Benitez was still the manager, whom he said had already made him into a better player since the Spaniard arrived on Tyneside in mid-March.
Certainly it helped Townsend make England’s initial 26 man squad, although he didn’t survive the cut down to the 23 man squad for Euro 2016 this month.
And after experiencing what it’s like playing in front of 52,000 crowds at St. James’ Park for four months – like when we hammered his former club Tottenham 5-1 in the final game of the season – why would Andros want to move to Crystal Palace?
This is all assuming we can bounce straight back to the Premier League next season, with Rafa Benitez’ stated aim being to win trophies at Newcastle – which is a major reason he is willing to stay and manage the club in the second division.