Bad News – Jurgen Klopp Wants Andros Townsend

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 20, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Who is this Andeos Townsend person?

  • expatmag

    Jun 20, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #2

    If true, he is gone and rightly so.

    Another 10 milloon in the coffers and 2.5 million off the salary budget

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 20, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Would love to see him play for us in the championship. He was class at QPR.

  • Yo-yo

    Jun 20, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #4

    The difference between Wales and England tonight was England had 29 shots 5 on target, Wales had 19 shots 12 on target. Quality players maybe but shite finishing.
    I’ve been watching Wales since I was a lad and that was their best all round performance, and just when they needed it after the disappointment of a last minute loss to England. England just couldn’t raise their game. I’d like to see them do well, but Wales do better.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 20, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #5

    He’d be a good fit at Liverpool, or Everton, or say a West Ham. If this is true I’d say he is gone. I recognise the animosity toward the players, but we have quite a few of them who are too good for the Championship, and if we do lose them, the club only has itself to blame.

  • JamesToon

    Jun 21, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Have to say Tommy Elphick is a very shrewd signing for villa, he’s a leader and a man of passion, we need more players like him, feel like we’ve missed out a bit but there’s plenty more

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 21, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Not quite sure about this grown men crying at football games stuff.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 21, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #8

    It’d be a shame if he did go, but can’t blame him. His choice. These things happen when you are relegated.

  • lesh

    Jun 21, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Pleased for Townsend reported as getting recognition but on the other hand wishing he hadn’t.

    It’ll be a pity if he leaves us but, that’s life post-relegation.

  • nufc786

    Jun 21, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Would anyone think that Chris Gunter would be a good replacement for Janmaat if he were to leave?

  • KevinLee

    Jun 21, 2016 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #11

    This is good news, we can play teamwork again

  • nufc786

    Jun 21, 2016 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #12

    On the Townsend topic… If Rafa has full control on transfers it could be possible i think for Townsend to be sent out on loan during our season in the championship as long as he is given assurances we will be in the Prem next season building towards something promising

  • nufc786

    Jun 21, 2016 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Unless a crazy offer comes in…

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 21, 2016 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #14

    jinky@5 – nail on the head. When you get relegated, you become a beggar and not a chooser. The Rafa euphoria has clouded the stark reality that we are now a second tier club, with as you say nobody but ourselves to blame. We have no divine right to win promotion straight away despite the optimism. It might not happen. Remember that the principal architects of our relegation are still in situ, and we know from bitter experience that they are capable of all manner of disreputable behaviour.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 21, 2016 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Yeah, he’s one of atleast 6 that if we lose, we can’t realistically hope to replace with the same quality while we face a Championship campaign. The only one of those better players I’d grudgingly accept losing would be Sissoko, because we have Widjnaldum, Perez and De Jong to take his place as an attacking mid, and also after 3 and a half years it might conceivably be best for us and him if he moved on to a fresh challenge. These players are hard won. It’s extremely reckless to then put yourself in a position where you are likely to lose them, and of course it makes bouncing back that much harder if we do.

  • davis_toons

    Jun 21, 2016 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #16

    @15 thats Newcastle for us.

  • cyprus

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Last time down, we kept some PL level players, internationals, who were too much for the championship. It was those two-three players that made the difference. As is the case re the PL. Two-three outstanding players ensuring wins and points.

    NUFC must surely hold on to at least some of our best players, it’s not as if we’re loaded. Then again, this is a failed bunch, so at least ten players must be sold or released, and replaced with others.

    Finally, last relegation gave a chance to people like Andy to shine. Surely there are a couple players who can rise to the occasion? Or has scouting been crap at all levels?

  • cyprus

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Saw that post from you before.

    Rafa, or anyone, can’t erase a release trigger in a contract. If it’s there, it’s up to the individual to use or not. So, a loan deal is just not part of any equation, at all.

    Assurances that we’ll be in the PL next year can’t be made, of course.

    If only Shelvey had a trigger (like 1 mil!) in his contract. It’s overrated players like him (high salary, no output, can’t be moved) that can keep you in trouble and make positive changes impossible.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #19

    On England, no good saying that if we had have won nobody would have minded the six changes. A bit like saying that if we won the league nobody would have minded our shite managers and ridiculous transfer policies.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #20

    I’d feel a lot better if Townsend issued an I’m staying statement.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #21

    ‘Townsend’s father Troy said earlier this summer: “Newcastle could rise quickly and Andros looks forward to many more seasons with them.”’

    I suppose things have moved on since then!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 21, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Ron Knee,
    Be a blow if he doesn’t stay, don’t care one bit over Jaanmat, Wijnaldum, Colocini and Sissoko but it will be a huge morale boost if he does decide to stay put.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 21, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #23


    Back in January I thought Shelvey would make the difference rather than Townsend. So much for my powers of prediction!

  • Jib

    Jun 21, 2016 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #24

    Ron Knee
    You also said the Wallabies would prevail in Melbourne !
    A double whammy!

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 21, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #25

    Jeff, I’ve never made a comment on rugby.

  • Jib

    Jun 21, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #26

    Isaac Hayden a central defender who played 18 games on loan from Arsenal at Hull last season is on NUFC’s radar.
    At 21 and only a couple of League Cup game for the Gunners you have to suspect the Championship may be his level.
    I hope it’s just a loan.

  • Jib

    Jun 21, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #27

    Sorry Ron

    It must have been another expat.

    Expat perhaps.

  • Jib

    Jun 21, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #28

    Mayo Performing Arts Center Morristown New Jersey last Sunday.
    Eric Burdon and the Edgar Winter band blew the roof off.
    Burdon was 75 in May ffs

  • Tsunki

    Jun 21, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #29

    Welcome to the Jibs Wonderful World of Howlers – today we are starting bright and early with a derisory yet entirely false comment!

    What surprises does Wile E. Coyote have in store today? Keep watching folks! 🙂

  • Jib

    Jun 21, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #30

    A pseudo humourous (erroneous ) comment is made.
    The error is pointed out
    I apologise for my mistake

    You prickishly comment
    “Welcome to the Jibs Wonderful World of Howlers – today we are starting bright and early with a derisory yet entirely false comment! ”

    What are you scared of ?

    Or are you just annoyed there’s nowt to plagiarise for The Mag ?


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