There’s some potentially bad news being reported tonight that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is interested in activating the release clause in Andros Townsend’s Newcastle contract – said to be for around £13M.
Manchester City are also reported to be interested in Newcastle’s speedy winger, who we signed for £12M from Tottenham in January.
Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Ham are three other Premier League clubs who are interested in signing Townsend.
Andros Townsend with Rafa Benitez last season
Rafa Benitez is reported to have met with the winger two weeks ago one on one – and told the 24 year-old that Newcastle were willing to offer him a new and improved contract to stay at the club .
The terms were said to be an increase from his current £55K/week to £75K/week in an effort to keep the England International on Tyneside and in the Championship next season.
Andros did not say he would definitely stay at Newcastle at that time, but rather that he would consider it and also his options depending on which clubs came in for him this summer.
It just so happens that Liverpool Academy Director Alex Inglethorpe knows Townsend well from his time on the coaching staff at Spurs.
Jurgen Klopp is said to want more pace in his Liverpool attack and if the news is accurate, it could be an attractive destination for the former Spurs player.
We expect more meetings between Andros and Rafa to take place, but the Newcastle manager will be desperate to keep Andros on Tyneside
Townsend was probably our best player since he arrived at the club in January and scored a good four goals for us and has been an instant fan favorite.
The winger admitted that Rafa Benitez has already made him a better player and we have to hope that Rafa’s significant persuasive powers will convince him to stay at Newcastle.
Rafa’s ambitions at Newcastle are to build a side that can not only get promoted next May back to the Premier League but can then also go on and challenge for a top four place in the Premier League in future seasons.