There is news in the Express on Tuesday night that Newcastle have not given up yet on trying to sign Andros Townsend this month, but we have lined up Modou Barrow of Swansea as an alternative signing should the club be unable to forge a loan deal for Townsend with Crystal Palace.
Palace are getting close to signing Sunderland left back and former Newcastle loanee Patrick Van Aanholt and also Yann M’Vila, who is currently playing for Rubin Kazan in Russia and who was on loan at Sunderland last season under Sam Allardyce.
Andros Townsend last season in Newcastle colors
The double deal is reported to be around £18M and Palace would like to recuperate around £10M of the £13M they paid to Newcastle in late June for the England winger.
But Newcastle want to do a loan deal with an option to buy in the summer.
The winger seems keen on a return to Newcastle, but there seems to have been little change in the situation for a few days now.
Newcastle are hoping Palace will bend a little towards the end of the transfer window and do the deal, but on the other hand we cannot wait too long as Rafa wants a winger and a central midfielder brought in this month to help with our promotion push.
Mo Barrow of Swansea
It appears that Newcastle do not want to spend big money in the transfer market in January, before they are certain they will be a Premier League club again and back in the big money of the Premier League next season.
So it appears we will get either Townsend or Barrow in before next Tuesday – with the likelihood it will be Barrow.
And then we are hoping for an attacking central midfielder brought in, who can get the job done when Jonjo Shelvey is not available for whatever reason.
What do you think?