Andros Townsend Could Be Closer To Newcastle Return

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend may return to Newcastle in this January transfer window and the latest news is that the Sun are reporting Newcastle are willing to offer between £8M and £10M in cool cash for their former winger.

Newcastle received £13M when they reluctantly sold Andros to Palace in late June after the winger decided he had to play in the Premier League to keep his England International hopes alive.

However, since the summer the England manager has changed twice – first it was Sam Allardyce who lasted just two months in his dream job after replacing Roy Hodgson.

And now the untested Gareth Southgate is in the job and he has had precious little management experience in club football.

Rafa Benitez and Andros Townsend

And it’s Sam Allardyce now in his new job at Crystal Palace who may be willing to sell Andros to secure funds to bring other players into the club, who are now in relegation trouble.

Palace are 4th bottom on goal difference above 3rd bottom Hull City – who beat Bournemouth 3-1 on Saturday and Crustal Palace were hammered 3-0 by West Ham with our former striker Andy Carroll scoring what could be the goal of the season.

The report on Townsend maybe returning to Newcastle was published in the Mail on Saturday and while it is still unlikely to happen,  Newcastle’s injury crisis after the game at Brentford on Saturday will only have increased Rafa’s determination to resign Andros.

Andros scored 4 goals for Newcastle in 13 league games and he showed some of the best form of his career under Rafa and if we can get him back he will hit the ground running, because he knows exactly what Rafa wants from him.

Even at £13M Andros – given his great form in the last two months of last season – would still be terrific value for Newcastle – assuming Rafa can get him back playing near his best form again.

And from our poll 80% of fans would even welcome him back, although some don’t like the way he deserted the club in our time of need.

Would You Take Andros Townsend Back At Newcastle?

  • Yes (85%, 7,647 Votes)
  • No (15%, 1,377 Votes)

Total Voters: 9,024

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If Andros did return he would just have to show the same commitment he showed last season and he would certainly help us get promoted this season and if plays well those 20% who don’t want him back – well – some could even change their minds on him.


Newcastle are back at the top of the Championship, but it is still unknown whether Andros would be willing to take the drop down into the Championship for maybe just half a season.

If he doesn’t want to come back – then so be it.

But we think it he could be a great signing for us this month.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #1

    8 Mill is a no brainer to bring him back to NUFC.
    Was by far our best attacking option for the latter part of last season.
    And unlike Widgnaldum and Janmaat ans Sissoko, He actually tried at the club

  • G

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #2

    I would take him, I just think its a made up story. Hope I’m wrong like.

  • jayphoto

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #3

    makes a lot of sense! I know his dad interacts with a lot of Newcastle fans on twitter and has said a few times how much they valued their time in Newcastle..
    Suppose it all depends on if Allardyce rates him. 8m sounds like palace getting robbed to me though

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Was sceptical about signing him before we did but he impressed under Rafa !

    He has looked terrible at Palace though which would worry me as he is playing how he did before he moved to the Toon!

    Also he seems to only want to play on the right wing….. although would be better for Richie to play on the left ?

  • G

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #5

    There are rumours that West Ham want him too. Could turn into a messy auction.

  • stuart no9

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Mmm. It’s a tough one for me this is . I voted to bring him back , however , on the other hand is his heart here . I think he thinks palace are down and now we look good to go up – he comes back . People just can’t treat teams like that . But if he does we’ll and helps get us up then so be it . But he’s never on going to be on myxmas card list

  • jazzyp

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Lee Charnley

    On form they have both showed at Newcastle, I personally would have Townsend all day long.
    As much as Richie grafts for the team, For me he lacks that flair you expect from a winger.Townsend use to excite us last season..Something we have not had probably since HBA. And at 8 mill is a bargain as well

  • hibbit

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #8

    let me get this right
    your saying a play can sign a till end of season contract which can be broken till the window closes once the window closes the contract is binding is that right ?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #9


    Yeah Townsend did have something for us last season but he has been useless anywhere else that I have watched him!

    Went to see Newcastle Swansea last season and he was aweseome in the flesh good movement and end product!

    Townsend on the right wing with Yedlin would be dynamite and then Richie on the left wing with an attacking fullback would be great!

  • lesh

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #10


    West Ham shouldn’t be allowed any favours such as loan deals. They’ve done very nicely with us, Joe public, the taxpayer, paying to subsidise their ridiculously cheap terms for the former Olympic stadium.

    If ever there was a political give away to a club that should be made to pay full commercial rent, I’m sure football fans throughout England’d be keen to hear of it.

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m hoping this a one rumour that might be true. I understand those who say he left, but give him a break, he wanted to play for England and rightly saw the Championship as a hindrance to his goal. He worked well with Rafa’s coaching and if anybody can get his form back, Rafa can. He is a winger, but I could also see him slotting into the No10 if required. He has the skill and likes a shot at goal, so it figures. If that price is right what do we have to lose? He could be the missing piece of the jigsaw if he can recapture any of his earlier form. If it’s true, I can see it happening sooner rather than later. Let’s see how it goes.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Lee Charnley

    Agree mate down the right flank would be frightening for the other team.
    I find it strange how Yedlin doesn’t get more game time as he looks a decent right back when he plays.

  • lesh

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #13


    Surely Jib, in his infinite wisdom, can’t be trying to tell you what can and can’t be done within the terms of a binding contract made between two clubs? Unless he’s a psychic or privy to the terms of it and being a legally qualified specialist in contract law.

    C’mon Jib, which are you?

  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #14


    I believe so.

    What makes me think this is the Krul situation.

    He signed with Ajax until May 2017 but Rafa isn’t happy with his game time in Holland and is talking about sending him elsewhere.

    So loan contracts can be re-negotiated while the window is open.

    Earlier I said Heardman was cuptied – I think I was thinking of Sterry – doh !

  • hibbit

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #15

    needs to stand on the steps at st james and ask for forgiveness admit he made the wrong choice for what ever reason
    oh and wear a sack cloth strip for the rest of the season score a hat trick on his return debut before i can forgive him not much to ask for what he done to us
    all in favour say ay !!!

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Lee, he was great for Spurs until he fell out with their fitness coach. He was capped for England after all.

    Hibbett, the situation is a player can only return during a transfer window. I don’t imagine they thought about a team changing its mind before a window shut though, so I do see a loophole unless the smallprint covers it. Once a player goes, he’s gone, but like I say, there is a potential loophole. It’s definitely a grey area, but one we need to look into imo. What it says is that there will be no early recalls for loan players. Only in transfer windows. What it doesn’t specify is whether you can change your mind before the window shuts, so there’s the potential loophole.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Why did Solano leave the first time?

    Just wondering if it was a similar situation to Townsend?

    Cairney looks a really capable midfielder as well we need more of the type of players who can run all day and attack teams we lack that athletic element adding him and Townsend would make a big difference to our attack which can sometimes be very one sided (right hand side) and one paced!

  • hibbit

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #18

    got it bobby
    only fifa could come up with a contact like that

  • jayphoto

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #19

    can’t see too many youngsters getting a go against Birmingham. Rafa will want to win.
    Could see Tiote playing with shelvey perhaps because colback is due a rest
    My guess is the team will be quite similar to the one that played at St Andrews but maybe Heardmen and Barlaser making the bench?
    My guess would be
    Anita Hanley Lascelles Haidara
    shelvey Tiote
    Yedlin Perez Lazaar

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #20

    You’re a hard taskmaster Hibbett. 🙂 He left to pursue an England career to be fair but he was one who gave 100% – unlike some we could mention. We could definitely use him now and Rafa could quickly get him back up and running. Worth the money and he’d be something else in this league.

  • sparky55

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #21

    He won’t come here if he can stay in London…it’s the same old issue with attracting players to come up here….their wives have too much say in the matter and there’s hundreds of players in London he can mix with as opposed to maybe 11 up here.

    If West Ham or another premiership club in and around London do want him we’re knackered…he’ll only come up here as a last resort

    IMO 🙂

  • G

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Lesh @ 10 100% agree mate

  • hibbit

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #23

    got to be honest bobby i am coming round to it i could relax my demands slightly !!

  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #24


    Bobby and I are trying to shed light on a pretty murky area of FIFA rules is all.

    Imo your sneering sarcastic unhelpful comments are very Tufflike and make you look a bit of a tool to be blunt.

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Jay, there’s an U23 game Tuesday I believe, so you may be spot on regards the kids. Shame Sammy’s cup tied like, I was hoping to see how much he’s improved at Bolton. Got some rave reports. I’m going anyway regardless of what the team is, but it virtually picks itself with our current situation.


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