Allardyce Hints At Newcastle’s Problem To Sign Townsend

There seems to be a problem about Newcastle being able to get Andros Townsend in this month although the Chronicle are reporting that optimism is growing within the club that may be possible.

The problem is that Crystal Palace want money for Townsend this month, if they are to let him leave the club.

So they want a permanent transfer whereas Newcastle only want to bring him in on loan through the end of the season, with an option to buy in the summer.

Sam Allardyce – Crystal Palace manager

What seems to have happened over the last week is that owner Mike Ashley does not want to spend big money this month, but keep the powder dry for the summer.

There will more certainly then when we will know if we are back in the big money of the Premier League or not – hopefully we will be.

So Benitez seems reduced to trying to arrange loan deals through the end of this transfer window – there are 10 days still to go.

At Sam Allardyce’s press conference yesterday for the home game against Everton today, he was asked about the transfer situation and this is what he said:

“I wouldn’t want to lose anyone.” “We’ve got a small squad already – I want them fit and fighting for Palace.”

“But in this window you never know what will happen.” “You have to keep your options open.”

“Nobody is for sale unless the price is something we cannot afford to turn down.”

That statement doesn’t exactly point to the London club wanting to accept a loan deal for any of their players.

We’ll have to hope that Newcastle can come up with something that is acceptable to Palace – but we must add a couple of good players to the squad this month to help with our promotion push.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 21, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Very obvious Fat Sam.

    Want is also obvious is that only a club that are desperate would even match the terms payed for Townsend. And we ain’t….

  • Spoof

    Jan 21, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Personally I would love to see Townsend come back, but some won’t citing the fact that he used a get out clause to leave us, but if Palace want to sell and not loan then Townsend could get a few who are against him on side by coming back on a permanent deal stating that he believes that we will be playing PL football next season and that he is prepared to sign for us now and not wait until promotion is confirmed, that would be a show of commitment and it would do him no harm at all.


    Jan 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #3

    well if townsend is intrested, force a move or time we move on and find someone else, would put a bid for will hughes and walcott, who seems want to move away

  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4


    will hughes signed a new contract last week so you can cross him of your list !!

  • Blofal

    Jan 21, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #5

    More likely is that as with the relegation clause last time – Townsend (or his agent) do not want him to play Championship football for too long. The solution to that is a loan spell with an option to buy should Newcastle be promoted. But at the moment Palace aren’t playing ball because if Townsend is sold they want the money to buy a replacement asap.

  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #6

    off your list !!


    Jan 21, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #7

    hmmm then we are left with that kid name telmans something

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 21, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #8


    Your so right Hughton was sold down the river but he’s showing Ashley how good a manger he is now never calls anybody just get on with the job in hand deffo respect for him,only this time i hope he finishes second to us.

  • posada

    Jan 21, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #9

    The talk is of some disagreement between owner and manager over signings.
    We won’t ever know for sure about that.
    Thing is get a piece of paper and right out our squad.
    In all positions we have 2 senior players all on good money.
    That’s 22 players plus one or two extras.
    3 loanee no hopers will be back in June. Riviere etc.
    Something has to give.
    You eventually can’t have ins without outs.

  • Budge123

    Jan 21, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo Bango
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Perez Gouff

    4-0 toon win

  • jazzyp

    Jan 21, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Just pay the money ffs.
    How many times we been down this road and ended up missing out on a class player

  • Clematis

    Jan 21, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #12

    What Fat Sham/Hippo Heed fails to mention is that Palace have not even paid for Townsend. They are due to pay us a £3million instalment and we are trying to set that as a loan fee and pay the remaining £10 million in the summer.

    Makes sense.

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 21, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #13

    is no one else worried by Andros’ track record?? With Andros’ we have a whole history in a year showcasing his shirking…

    – first it was the falling out at tottenham. fair bit of heresay here, but the consensus seems to be neither party was willing to extend an olive branch
    result: Andros’ runs away

    – newcastle. adored by fans. praised to no end
    result: Andros’ runs away

    – palace. atrocious dip in form (which should be worrying enough imo)
    result: Andros’ running away again?

    this guy is a quitter. i firmly believe that is not a trait you easily change. and in all honesty, he’s a remnant of our relegation. he left, so be it. I just feel we could do exponentially better, especially after having seen him play a fair few times this season.

  • toonincheek

    Jan 21, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #14

    matty @13

    No argument with that

  • Toontastico

    Jan 21, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #15

    ‘Put in a bid for Theo Walcott’!?! Lay off the crack will ye Jamsha!! You do realise were in the championship yeah? Also that Walcott is playing for Arsenal and is actually having his most productive season (goals wise) in an Arsenal shirt with 11 goals in 20 games?!?

    FFS some people need to get a serious reality check!!

  • isleofmanman

    Jan 21, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Townsend didn’t want to stay with us. Poor bairn needed Premiership football…Ah. Bless.

    He is therefore a short-sighted footballer tart. Why would we want a short-sighted footballer tart back? He was good. But no way was he exceptional


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