Report That Townsend To Sign For Crystal Palace


There’s a report in French daily L’Equipe that Crystal Palace have triggered the release clause in Andros Townsend’s Newcastle contract and they have also reached an agreement with the player on wages.

If that’s true it will be a devastating blow to Rafa Benitez and Newcastle, who will be in the Championship next season and such an early departure of one of our best players would not be good.

In fact it would be terrible.

andros townsend and Rafa Benitez

Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez

And especially to a smaller club like Palace – albeit they are in the Premier League this coming season and we aren’t.

The release clause looks about right and is quoted at £12.9M for the England international and that jibes with reports over the last day or two saying that Palace had not yet met the release clause amount in his contract.

Newcastle paid around £12M for Townsend from Tottenham in January.

L’Equipe have got things wrong before, but it’s interesting that Newcastle were linked with a possible replacement for Townsend over the weekend – Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie.

If Andros does leave Newcastle, it does not bode well for keeping Gini Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko or even Daryl Janmaat at the club and would be a severe blow to Rafa Benitez.

We would expect to hear something from Newcastle tomorrow if this news story does the rounds on the Internet and is widely reported.

But these are just some of the dangers when you take the drop to the second division – it’s difficult to keep your best players – and it’s difficult to bring in comparable players once they are gone.

Andros finished second in the voting in our poll for Player of the Season, behind only goalkeeper Rob Elliot and he scored 4 goals in 14 Premier league appearances for us this year.

Comments welcome.


68 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Jun 27, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Palace look ready for the drop next season, they will have trouble attracting players this summer, well, any good players that is.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 27, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh dear. Glad I missed the second half otherwise I’d be putting my kids back to bed and searching for a new telly.

    Truly pathetic. Tell them all to fcukoff and start fresh.

    No pride. No passion. No idea.

    Glad woys fallen on his sword. Not all his fault because the players are partly to blame but ffs, c’mon man, your team selections were shite and some of the squad shouldn’t of even been there in the first place.

    Time for some young blood. Not Pardew though please. Imagine his smug grin if someone mentioned him for England again. Dreadful.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 27, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Ancient – doubt it King Percy has just bought Michy Batshuayi.

    Townsend – stopping at SJP.

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  • Thump

    Jun 27, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #4

    @Tuff: Well, he’s bid £32m for him – not to say he’ll accept terms. Crazy times when a club like Palace can afford to splash that..

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 27, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #5

    AC. You may want to check this out.
    http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/2/837282321?-21483:5807:0

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 27, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Giimps…… From previous thread. Eddie Howe would be a good choice but the stuffy old FA are more likely to go for Jeremy Corbyn.

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  • AncientC

    Jun 27, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Mister Tuff, I was reading about Batshuayi after you mentioned it a few threads back. It looks like the bid has been accepted, but I do not think Palace will be able to persuade the player. That said, if Palace do make a big money signing, then that should make further signings easier.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 27, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #8

    This is the problem with the national team, it’s a media clubhouse dictated by the FA on marketing grounds, with a puppet Manager. Why else pick players on media value rather than skill and fitness? Pathetic shambles

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #9

    I have now completed my Walk of Shame down the entire length of St John’s St. in Port Moody. The humiliation, she is complete. We will not speak of this again.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Tsunki

    Totally agree, pick players based on who they are rather on form, how the frig can you drop Townsend, drinkwater and Defoe and replaced them with players who’s been injured most of the season or players who didn’t perform.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #11

    I stand corrected I thought he had actually signed.
    He is supposed to be the next superstar -why go to Palace. Easy flights back home I suppose.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Well we’ve now only got Wales from the home countries. I hope they don’t come up against mighty Icelanders 🙂

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Boom, boom, boom boom boom!
    Boom boom boom boom!
    Iceland!!!

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  • AncientC

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew being championed for the England job on Five Live by a caller, with one of the radio hosts agreeing Pardew has done a great job at Newcastle and Palace. Good grief!

    Hasn’t Pardew only won something like 2 league games in 2016, if even that many.

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  • MadisonToon

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #15

    There’s no way Batshuayi goes to Palace. He’s a far better player than their level and unless he isn’t getting any offers of Europa/CL-tier clubs then he can certainly do better than Palace.

    As others have said, they may now be meeting clauses as they have cash to throw around, but that doesn’t mean they can convince players to come. Will be interesting to see if either Batshuayi or Townsend actually end up there – media reports make them sound like done deals but I have a feeling it will be 0/2 on that front.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #16

    As Clarkson is saying on Twitter the name Jeremy inevitably leads to sackings? If Corbyn goes he could be replaced by Chris Evans then Jeremy Kyle might get the boot and take over the England job.

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  • manxpie

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #17

    here we go i knew it hart was the first
    load of media trained bollicks

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Ok. Just Wales to support then :- Sheep sheep sheep shaggers. Sheep sheep sheep shaggers.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Betty

    You just don’t give up with the crap Welsh jokes do you, carry on in fact i will join you.

    Sheep shaggers in the quarter finals, oh i nearly forgot, I would like to add as well sheep shaggers are in the premier league, right carry on what was you saying.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Yo-yo

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #20

    I was totally wrong about England tonight, they didn’t scrape the win and get humiliated, it was even worse than that.

    Funny their only win was against Wales (and hardly deserved) but Wales only UK nation left.

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  • lukes26

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #21

    cant say im upset england lost

    is it just me, or is the England team filled with some of the most punchable faces…

    Kane and Hart particularly look like harry potter villains

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  • Yo-yo

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #22
  • manxpie

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #23

    wow talking of ego’s it turns out shearer went for the england job 5 years ago lol

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Newcastle will have to match Palaces wage offer to the player, and may not be able to. I agree the Belgian may turn them down too, but it does indicate the sought of spending power that “smaller” clubs now have, and we don’t, unless we bounce straight back, and even then we’ll have missed out quite dramatically, and will need a further injection of cash from the owner to compete.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #25

    Shearer was really angry on MOTD.

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  • manxpie

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #26

    jimmy nah if we get promoted it wont be to bad as we can gamble on staying in the league and guarenteed 130 mill
    and with rafa i’d take that gamble

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #27

    If anything tonight proves just how far behind the English national team is, a league which is only good because of the foreign superstars and foreign coaches. 2 brexits in less than a week.

    Iceland fully deserve the win that’s what organisation and working as unit can achieve

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  • nufc 11

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Alan shearer would get that English team together.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Despite the cost of living , has anyone noticed how popular it remains.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #30

    One season out, you lose a lot of ground, just look at the money we won’t get, relative to what our “rivals” will, and we will have to spend significantly to guarantee we stay up once back. Rafa alone is not enough, we are going to need more of Ashley’s money, for Rafa’s vision to become a reality.

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  • BandB

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Just remember that towering positivity is the key to the future of Newcastle and England.
    They’ve got out backs.
    Not one of them are venal, dim, or raking in a fortune for being useless and taking the pee.
    Come back Roy. Okay, you fuched it up by being thick and arrogant and thinking we had a bit in hand.
    But we Brits love our humiliations and disasters.
    It makes us great.

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  • toonking

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #32

    novo 25

    It’s hard not to be, i myself teared up my england flag after this game, it’s nearly two hours since that final whistle was blown and i still haven’t fully calmed down.

    Wilshire and sterling have a very poor season but get chosen ahead of players such as townsend and drinkwater especially who have both been very good all season in helping the teams.

    going from 1-0 ahead to 1-1 against russia and leaving vardy on the bench rather than bringh in on at a time his style of play would suit england the best which is when we’re 1-0 ahead.

    making 4 changes from a team that showed great performance against wales in the second half (kane and sterling were both players who deserved the drop) and finish 0-0 against slovakia

    Having brought 5 strikers along the very first sub he makes against iceland is wilshire, vardy doesn’t come on until the 60th minute and rashford isn’t brought on until the 85th minute.

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  • manxpie

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #33

    whats the odds on gary lineker committing suicide after 2 exits of the euros in a week? lol

    bandb i feel your political undertone is so obvious why not just say wat ya mean 🙂

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #34

    toonking; I don’t blame him or you. I’m apethetic to it all. Everything you say is spot on.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #35

    BandB…….. I want to see us win. I hate losing.

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  • BandB

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #36

    I’m feeling great.
    Anyone feeling great tonight?
    Hang that “kick me hard” sign round my neck and celebrate being naff.
    We have taken control of naff.
    I’m off to make myself feel better by being especially rude to the staff at my local Indian.

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  • manxpie

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #37

    jimmy that why i said its not to bad ofcourse we will be behind but 1 season isn’t a disaster
    we come up with confidence plus gamble on us staying up
    not so bad
    but lets face it it defo needs to happen no other alternatives lol

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  • manxpie

    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #38

    haha wow bandb not like you to succumb to the media lead shite

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  • RonVanDam

    Jun 28, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #39
  • toonking

    Jun 28, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #40

    Shearer said it himself the premier league is only really such a good league because we have lots of foreign players coming in from the south american teams and the likes of spain.

    England play as a set of 11 individuals rather than as a team and that does not work.

    Leicester city won the league last season because every single player worked together in a team, they always helped out each other and were built up around vardy.

    Wales are doing so well because they all work for one another each and every player works for one another, It’s all set up around garath bale who’ll be ready and waiting to make and score all the threats whilst the rest of the team all player for one another.

    Germany are a great team and all wok together as a team each and every player knows each other and the manage himself bilds his 11 as an overall team.

    All you see in this england team is players kicking the ball left right and centre. The make themselves look good passing the ball around the centre of the pitch where all the space is given but when it’s about breaking down the defence nobody knows what to do each and every player just stands around like a consistantly putting money on the same number of roulette wheel hoping it will come.

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