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Report That Townsend To Sign For Crystal Palace

10:41 pm, Monday, June 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 68 Comments

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.

Tags: Andros Townsend · Contracts · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

68 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AncientC // Jun 27, 2016 at 10:45 PM

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

  • 2 Average_Contents // Jun 27, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    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.

  • 3 Mister Tuff // Jun 27, 2016 at 10:48 PM

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

    Townsend – stopping at SJP.

  • 4 Thump // Jun 27, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    @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..

  • 5 Novocastrian66 // Jun 27, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    AC. You may want to check this out.

  • 6 bettyswallocks // Jun 27, 2016 at 10:52 PM

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

  • 7 AncientC // Jun 27, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    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.

  • 8 Tsunki // Jun 27, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    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

  • 9 GeordieTwo // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    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.

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:01 PM


    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.

  • 11 Mister Tuff // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    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.

  • 12 Tsunki // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:02 PM

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

  • 13 GeordieTwo // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:03 PM

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

  • 14 AncientC // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    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.

  • 15 MadisonToon // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    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.

  • 16 bettyswallocks // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    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.

  • 17 manxpie // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:10 PM

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

  • 18 bettyswallocks // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:12 PM

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

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:20 PM


    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

  • 20 Yo-yo // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    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.

  • 21 lukes26 // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    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

  • 22 Yo-yo // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Tsunki @ 12

  • 23 manxpie // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:27 PM

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

  • 24 jimmysmith // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    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.

  • 25 Novocastrian66 // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Shearer was really angry on MOTD.

  • 26 manxpie // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    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

  • 27 Our Toon // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    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

  • 28 nufc 11 // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Alan shearer would get that English team together.

  • 29 bettyswallocks // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:42 PM

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

  • 30 jimmysmith // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    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.

  • 31 BandB // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    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.

  • 32 toonking // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    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.

  • 33 manxpie // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    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 🙂

  • 34 Novocastrian66 // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:52 PM

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

  • 35 bettyswallocks // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:53 PM

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

  • 36 BandB // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    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.

  • 37 manxpie // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    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

  • 38 manxpie // Jun 27, 2016 at 11:58 PM

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

  • 39 RonVanDam // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    If Townsend goes to Palace, AP will ruin him

  • 40 toonking // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    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.

  • 41 bettyswallocks // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Invaluable experience for some of these younger players. Bodes well for the future. Once some of the youngsters start to blend with the more experienced lads. These young players will be the future of English football. We’ll be ready to compete at the next tournament. Etc etc etc

  • 42 lesh // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    ‘Triggering’ a release clause and getting a club’s agreement to sell are two different things. I say that as Bale’s release clause value was met but Spurs dug in and got a lot more for him.

  • 43 manxpie // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:33 AM

    lesh ya talking about a well run club and an ashley and charnley run club they are 2 very very different things

  • 44 manxpie // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    plus the fact that we are a division below so hold far less power

  • 45 bettyswallocks // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    I think I’ll go and get a curry as well . I ve stopped making my own since I overdosed on curry powder and ended up in a korma.

  • 46 Mister Tuff // Jun 28, 2016 at 1:11 AM

    release clause – if a club matches the release clause the selling club is contractually obliged to accept it – do not haggle beyond that.
    Once the release clause is met it is up to the player – who can say yes or no.

  • 47 jimmysmith // Jun 28, 2016 at 1:42 AM

    Shearer wanted/wants the England job on the grounds he couldn’t do any worse. He can and likely would. A most regrettable remark, made in front of the nation, from a once wonderful player and increasingly good pundit. The moment clearly had gotten the better of his judgement on this occasion though. The very idea.

  • 48 Munster Mag // Jun 28, 2016 at 1:52 AM

    Jeez i was enjoying you bunch of knackers ballsing up when i read the townsend / palace stuff. Surely not? Pardew is second fav for england job. Good lord. At least shearer nailed it. The premiership is overrated toss. And your fans were awful again. And ye brexited and ballsed up ireland. If you werent geordies, i’d hate u lot 🙂

  • 49 expatmag // Jun 28, 2016 at 1:54 AM

    Shearr as a coach?


  • 50 expatmag // Jun 28, 2016 at 1:56 AM


    Join me mate….I hate everyone…..especially TUFF…….lol

  • 51 Veltmann // Jun 28, 2016 at 3:24 AM

    What a horrible day to wake up and log in!
    First,so frustrated by England national team,and now reading the following :

    “Crystal Palacehave agreed a fee €38m (£31.6m) with Marseille for the Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, with the Premier League club also hopeful of completing deals for the France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and Newcastle’s Andros Townsend.”

    Pardew worked in nufc for more than 4yrs.He is targeting,following and implementing our business model at Palace.By that he improved the club’s transfer model and caliber of players.
    Which is one reason why owner Parish and Co brought him to manage Cp football club.
    Remember he managed to convince and sign Johan Cabaye.So why not those players too?
    They are backed by new investment from the U.S and got another huge chunk of money from PL.
    If no one else comes in for Bashuayi,he will accept Palace’s offer and try to develop himself further and target bigger clubs afterwards.
    Nothing will surprise me if Townsend and Mandanda follows him.Palace may be a small club but they already reached FA cup final.Which is a platform to attract bigger players.It will be more devastating if we end up with the likes of Gayle etc and they with the likes of Bashuayi etc.
    As much as I don’t like to see that happen,It looks those kind of things will happen and started gathering pace.If that happens and if Townsend decided to leave,then as stated the likes of Wijnaldum,Sissoko and others will follow him and I’ll not feel confident we’ll get straight back to the PL by signing second fiddle and raw players.
    That’s embarrassing & devastating news to hear.
    Unless Rafa surprises me with bomb signings,I may have to quit following Nufc for a while!!

  • 52 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    Veltmann why not quit now while you’re ahead? I’m sure everyone will welcome you back eagerly when we are successful again.

  • 53 Ron Knee // Jun 28, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    “Roy Hodgson, the only man in England with a coherent plan for leaving Europe.”

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    Well there was no hand of God this time to bemoan. No Van Basten brilliance or a Gazza second yellow. No sneaky Aries or winking Portuguese getting people sent off, nor were there any blatant goals disallowed. There are no excuses, Roy Hodgson and his team of overpaid ‘stars’ were woeful. The players certainly don’t escape blame but the managers utter cluelessness obviously spread throughout the team. He cracked again when it mattered most.

  • 55 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Jun 28, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    I don’t care if crystal palace sign Michy or Messi only thing that I care is about NEWCASTLE UNITED get promoted to premier league

  • 56 giimps // Jun 28, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    I’m really hoping this andros to palace is made up tosh just like the majority of media “reports” , the reason Rafa wants to keep his big players is threefold, he will need them in the championship where he can gel them as a team, once we get back up (fingers X) he can use most of the team to stay up ,if they’re still here when we go back up he won’t need to pay extortionate fees to get replacements……otherwise we will have to fund 2 sets of players arrivals for 2 leagues…….getting them to honour their contracts is the issue methinks,

  • 57 Jib // Jun 28, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Ozan Tufan 21 the Turkish holding midfielder who can also play right back and right wing has been catching the eye at the Euros.

    The new Yaya Touré seems to be the buzz phrase.

    ManU Soton and Everton are being linked with him and his manager Vitor Pereira has stuck a €20 million price tag on him.

    Ozan’s dad Mehmet Tufan made a point yesterday of saying that NUFC have been monitoring him for nearly two years and talked to him even before Bursaspor sold him to Fenerbahce for €7 million last Summer.

  • 58 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 28, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    Talk sport commentators last night after the game were bulling up RAFA for the England job.

    As for England – F**kin’ mess
    Got no Government
    Got no Opposition
    Got no Football Team

  • 59 Jib // Jun 28, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    The French media is full of stories of Townsend going to Crystal Palace for €15.5 million.

  • 60 dannitoon // Jun 28, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Didn’t realise palace finished in the top 6….. as per “release clause”…

    Transfer window opens on July 1st… that’s when the toon will sign players… also most clubs will be back

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2016 at 7:54 AM


    Fraser Forster and James Milner weren’t involved in this game – neither were any of their colleagues…

  • 62 sing in the corner // Jun 28, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Sam Allardyce 28/1…..
    Ahahahahaha!!! That’s a good one 🙂

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    It shows how empty our pool of talented managers is when Alan Pardew is second favourite to take over the job.

  • 64 sing in the corner // Jun 28, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Reflecting on the game… 2.1 at half time. That was horrendous in itself. But 45 minutes left to play, and sort it out? And truthfully we didn’t really look like winning it, as far back as their equaliser. We became static, played mainly in front of them, right where they wanted us to be.

  • 65 sing in the corner // Jun 28, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Yep. I can’t think of someone I would put forward who’s British. Southgate is favourite, he’s been working with young players for a good while but on the down side he’s another dyed in the wool, fully made FA man, and we know how that will go.

  • 66 lesh // Jun 28, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Mr Tuff

    The wording of a release clause is all important and in Townsend’s case, we don’t know what it says.

  • 67 funguswatty // Jun 28, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    paper talk or so i hope as was reportd he was geeting a house up in north east as he intends to stay with Raffa and get us back in the premership

  • 68 widowmagandapoke // Jun 28, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Isn’t Townsend under contract anyway?

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