The Mail reported late yesterday afternoon that Newcastle were interested in signing Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace, with new manager Sam Allardyce looking for funds to strengthen the side in the last two weeks of the transfer window.
The chances of this happening must be slim at best, but nevertheless Rafa Benitez is an admirer of Townsend who was pulled both ways on whether he should stay at Newcastle in the summer but decided to leave.
There is no news as to whether Andros Townsend would now be willing to take a drop down to the Championship to join Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez instructs Andros Townsend
Go out and score five quick goals for us
He joined us last year and had a release clause in his contract if we were relegated and we even suppose he could do a similar thing and have a release clause in his contract if we are not promoted.
But that wouldn’t exactly show he is committed to Newcastle.
Some of the Newcastle fans simply will not have him back after he left us when we were in trouble and needed him.
However, that seems like it’s a minority with just over 80% of fans willing to welcome him back.
Maybe he also knows that a world-class manager is good for his career, because Rafa certainly got the very best out of him for two months when he managed the England International.
Andros was terrific for us in that last month or two of the season.
He’s never been anywhere near that form under Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace.
Would You Take Andros Townsend Back At Newcastle?
- Yes (85%, 7,647 Votes)
- No (15%, 1,377 Votes)
Total Voters: 9,024
If he doesn’t come in during January it wouldn’t surprise us if Rafa goes after him in the summer – if his plight at Palace doesn’t improve and we don’t sign a winger this month.