The Telegraph is reporting that Newcastle have lost the battle to keep Andros Townsend on Tyneside and after the 24 year-old made positive noises about staying at Newcastle at the end of the season.
The news is that he will sign on for Crystal Palace for £13M in the next couple of days as Palace have activated the release clause in his contract.
You cannot win them all and we would have loved to have kept Andros on Tyneside but he wanted to leave – and given that’s the case – so be it.
Andros Townsend – will leave Newcastle
The Chronicle is reporting Newcastle tried to get a one year loan deal arranged but Palace insisted on a permanent deal.
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Rafa Benitez is very busy in the transfer market at the moment as he tries to build a dominant squad that can win the Championship at the first attempt next season, while at the same building the foundations of what can become a powerful Newcastle side in the next few years.
With the transfer activities of the last few days the odds of Newcastle winning the Championship have dropped down to 15/8 and we remain clear favorites to win the thing – like we did seven years ago when we were first relegated from the Premier League.
Those are the lowest ever odds on a team to win the Championship ever.
Here are the latest odds from Betfair for clubs to win the Championship next season:
Aston Villa 8/1
Derby County 12/1
Certainly Rafa Benitez is having a huge impact at Newcastle United and it’s great to have a world-class manager on Tyneside after our last few managers have been mediocre at best.