The Chronicle (Mark Douglas) are reporting tonight that the confidence is rising within the club that Newcastle can do a deal for Crystal palace winger Andros Townsend this month.
Crystal Palace prefer a straight permanent transfer in the January transfer window and Newcastle want a loan deal with an option to buy in the summer, but maybe something can still be worked out.
There are reports that Andros is keen to return to Newcastle and play again for Raga Benitez and that would hardly be a big surprise – and it will be helpful in trying to forge a deal in January.
Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez – good working relationship
Rafa got the very best out of the player who has huge potential, but has never been too consistent throughout his career.
However, since Rafa came in last March he quickly had Andros playing at his very best and in 13 appearances for us Andros scored four goals and had two assists.
If Rafa can get him in it would give the club a huge lift for the remainder of the season and certainly Townsend can propel us to promotion with his goals and his skill on either wing.
This is what Rafa has said during his press conference today on the transfer situation:
“I was talking with Lee Charnley beforehand and said ‘listen they will ask me in the press conference about transfers’ but it is the same situation.”
“We are talking with players and agents and just waiting.” “It has to be the right one but I have confidence that we can do something.”
“Now it’s not about convincing players or not, it’s a question of finding the right one for us.”
“I didn’t have too many in the Premier League that I had to talk to them or convince them.”
“Some of them were fine but maybe their clubs didn’t want to sell or maybe the price was too high, so you don’t waste time.”
“Then you have to go abroad and look for different players.” “It is the same situation now.”
“The players doing well at the teams at the top are in Europe, so why do they have to go now?”
“Maybe they can wait until next year. With that, we haven’t had too many players saying no because of this.”
“What we have is prices that are very high, which we aren’t even considering.”
Certainly the Newcastle fans are well aware what Townsend can do on Tyneside, and he seems to be inspired by the Geordie crowd – and of course Andros will know we are getting 52,000 crowds at St. James’ Park in the second division.
Signing Andros would be great deal for Newcastle on loan through the end of the season – let’s hope we can get it done.