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.