There was news last night that Crystal Palace had activated Andros Townsend release clause in his contract for about £13M and that terms had even been agreed with the player.
That report was in French daily L’Equipe, but both the Chronicle and Sky Sports have today said Newcastle have yet to receive an official bid for their talented 24 year-old England winger.
But a bid from Crystal Palace, who are now under new American owners, is said to be imminent.
Andros Townsend could leave Newcastle
Once the release clause is activated in a contract, it’s as if a transfer price has been agreed between the two clubs and Palace will be allowed to talk terms with Andros.
After that, it’s essentially up to Andros to make the decision and if he’s offered fantastic wages by Palace, he could leave and return immediately to the Premier League.
The new American owners are putting some big money into the London club.
We don’t know if Newcastle will try to counter-bid, but there was news a few weeks ago that Benitez had already met with Andros.
The news was that he told Andros that the club (meaning Rafa himself) were willing to offer him a wage hike up to £75K/week from the £55K/week he’s currently getting.
That may happen or the nightmare scenario plays itself out and Andros decides to leave Newcastle for Crystal Palace.
Andros could even be fighting for his place since back in London since Palace already have a couple of good wingers in Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie.
The 24-year-old scored 4 great goals in 13 appearances for us last season and he was second in our Player of the Season poll.
But it’s an early test on whether Rafa can keep his best players at Newcastle in England’s second division for the coming season.
We are obviously hoping that Andros will agree to stay on Tyneside.
PS – Here’s Townsend’s Twitter account.