This Could Scupper Townsend’s Move To Newcastle

The Mirror are reporting today that Crystal Palace are willing to sell Andros Townsend, but that Newcastle are only willing to do a loan deal for the 25 year-old former winger.

And that could cause some big problems with presumably Palace wanting money up front that they can then spend in this month’s transfer market.

Rafa Benitez with Andros Townsend

The news in the Mirror is that Palace are now willing to listen to offers for their England International winger after it seems big Sam Allardyce has given up on the former Tottenham player.

Newcastle fans seem anxious to get the creative winger back on Tyneside, even though he left us in late June to play back in the Premier League with Crystal Palace.

At the time there were reports he was seriously considering staying at Newcastle in the second division, but after several talks with Rafa Benitez he flew the coop.

Not sure why Newcastle only want a loan deal, but it may be that Mike Ashley doesn’t want to spend big money this month.

That could also explain why Rafa has said a few times recently that loan deals with an option or obligation to buy would be best for the club this month.

But even at the fee we got from Palace for him in June – £13M – the 25 year-old would seem like a good acquisition given some of the ridiculous fees that are being touted around for some very ordinary players this month.

Townsend played 13 times for Newcastle last season with four good goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Surely he’s worth buying outright? He performed better than most for us in the PL last season under Rafa, surely he could do it again? Can we really afford to risk not getting anybody by holding out for loan deals? If he’s one of our targets we should bite the bullet and buy him.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Townsend has been Padewed and now he’s got Allardyce syndrome.
    The Doctor Rafa will see you now.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #3


  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Bobbylee- I agree. We should just stump the cash and grab him already. We can’t afford not to get players in for this window. Hopefully we can at least get him via a loan deal with option/obligation to buy.

    I would really like Townsend back as him and Wijnaldum were the only players I didn’t want us to lose. Townsend is the proper winger and with a good manager like Rafa behind him he can easily get the boost in confidence he needs to replicate last season’s form for us.

  • magspuggy

    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    I wouldn’t balk at paying 20 million for him if I’m honest, not saying he’s worth that but we got 35 for andypandy so who’s worth what is as daft as playing rafa bingo and above my pay grade. how much do you lot think he’s worth ??

  • mactoon

    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Palace want money up front to re invest in players before it’s too late. Also if they loaned him out and the receiving club didn’t buy him Palace would be left with his wage bill in the Championship.

    I imagine the reason we want a loan deal with an option to buy is because if we fail to get promotion at the first attempt, Townsend will decide he wants to be back in the Premiership and we will be left with a player who doesn’t want to be here. We’ve had too many of them recently.

    Good player for us if he comes but if Palace won’t loan him to us I doubt it will happen

  • expatmag

    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Yep…true to form…..old Mikey is keeping that zipper on his wallet closed

  • NoahJ

    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    I think a loan deal is sensible actually; yes he was excellent with us first time, but he’s also been very poor at palace (in the league where it really counts). A loan with an option to buy will allow us to have another look at him, and of course ensure promotion before we’re stuck with a 50k a week player again (which was the problem first time round)

  • hibbit

    Jan 19, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #9

    can any one guess which paper is running with this this story ………………….YES thats right The Daily Mirror !!!!!!

  • dazza

    Jan 19, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Stay well clear. We dodged a bullet selling when we did. He flatters to deceive. Far too cheap in possession and plays with his head down. We need players that play the right way. Not for themselves and their next payday. He scored 4 goals that won us 0 points. He’s not a difference maker. next.


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