Sportsmail’s Simon Jones has reported today that Newcastle winger Andros Townsend may not be leaving Newcastle after all and still wants to stay at Newcastle.
But that news is in a throwaway line when Simon is discussing the imminent transfer of Palace striker Dwight Gayle to Newcastle, but it seems to have caused a Twitter storm online with Geordie fans very anxious to see Andros stay.
Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez
This is the piece in the Mail on Wednesday that is leading to Twitter being on fire with the potential good news:
Staying with Newcastle…
Sportsmail’s Simon Jones brings us an update on the future of Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle, who has been linked with a move away:
Newcastle have held further talks over a £10million move for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle.
Sportsmail reported at the weekend that Newcastle had revived their interest from earlier in the season and are pressing to get a deal agreed ahead of pre-season training.
Gayle also has interest from Fulham who see the 25-year-old as a direct replacement for Ross McCormack.
McCormack has interest from Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Hull and Newcastle and can leave for £12M.
Gayle scored seven goals last season and signed a new long-term contract but has failed to cement a first team place under Alan Pardew.
Newcastle are expecting Palace to trigger Andros Townsend’s £10.5M release clause though the winger is keen to stay with Rafa Benitez.
That’s all we can find from today and other bits on Rafa Benitez trying to get Andros to stay are from earlier this month when Rafa reportedly met with the former Tottenham winger.
It does seem an odd move for Andros to want to move to Crystal Palace, who had a club-record £32M bid accepted by Marseille for Belgium forward Michy Bathsuayi two days ago – but it looks like he will move to Chelsea.
Maybe the way Palace can attract Andros back to London so soon is to offer him huge wages – but like QPR did to derail the Newcastle deal to buy Remy Cabella back in January 2013.
The Chronicle reported earlier this week that Andros had recently bought some property in the Newcastle area – and that was taken as a hint he was staying.
Crystal Place are still expected to launch a bid for Townsend and it’s been assumed Newcastle’s pursuit of right winger Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth was as a replacement for Townsend.
There are even reports that no deal for Townsend will be done until Rafa gets Ritchie signed – hopefully before the end of the week.
So it’s not clear at all if Townsend still wants to stay on Tyneside.