Newcastle Interest In This Townsend Alternative Is Real


The Chronicle are reporting today they think the interest in Swansea winger Modou Barrow from Rafa Benitez is real and that Newcastle do want to sign the 24 year-old Gambian International on loan for the rest of the season.

Barrow does have a buy-out clause in his contract of £5M and we suppose if we cannot get Andros Townsend in this month, Newcastle could go for Barrow on loan with an option to buy in the summer if he looks the part by then.

Barrow is a talented player but as we reported yesterday he tends to be inconsistent.

24 year-old Swansea winger Modou Barrow

But it looks like new Swansea manager Paul Clement has already made his mind up on the player and he will be allowed to leave this month.

Aston Villa seem to be the favorites to sign him at the moment with Swansea wanting to offer Barrow in a part exchange deal plus cash for Jordon Ayew, as first reported in the Sunday People on Sunday.

But there seems little chance Villa manager Steve Bruce would be willing to let one of his best players leave in January.

Barrow could also prefer Newcastle over Villa, with the Midlands club not doing very well this season in the Championship and they are in 13th place and 9 points out of a play-off place.

Newcastle are currently top of the league and are 9 points clear of the 3rd placed side and in an automatic promotion place under world-class manager Rafa Benitez.

So if Rafa is really keen on Barrow and we cannot get Townsend in, the Spanish manager could go after Barrow who we suppose would be a decent addition for the rest of the season.

It would also be a huge opportunity for the 24 year-old to get on the Rafa bandwagon fairly early in his hopefully very long reign at Newcastle.

Barrow was signed from Swedish club Ostersunds in 2014 and the winger has made 51 appearances for the south Wales club.

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96 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    TyneMouth,
    I’ll spare the repost.

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  • Jib

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    http://ecodiario.eleconomista.es/futbol/noticias/8103001/01/17/Panico-en-el-Real-Madrid-ante-un-posible-sorpasso-por-la-crisis-de-las-lesiones.html#

    Zidane is being criticised because Real Madrid is suffering an unprecedented injury crisis.

    “Caramba” say the Madrileña press “even that terrible manager Benitez never had problems like this” – idiots .

    Zizou welcome to real world of footy management – any idiot can pick a winning eleven from a squad of galacticos – it’s keeping them happy and fit that’s the hard part.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope the smb finally get Keane after their 15year pursuit. People think we have transfer problems, Lescot and Keane ?

    I nearly feel sorry for them,id hate to pass them on the way up ??

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #4

    If Barrow’s ambition and level is Swansea then Villa that would concern me.
    Don’t know enough about his skill level nor how he compares to say Townsend but I feel our strategy lies elsewhere.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Jail
    Saw that conspiracy thing and I am a touch lost on whats so out of the question about my theory

    13 mill release clause with 3 mill outstanding, no reason for us to make it an installment deal doesn’t help us at all

    We signed Gayle on the same day they signed Townsend so obviously the deals were being conducted at the same time, surely no question of that? Gayle was 10 mill and 13mill-3mill is 10mill.

    Alternative is we set up an installment deal purely to help Palace out or we waited until the 10mill was in our bank then rang Palace straight back up and said ‘Hello again this lad Gayle I bid 10 mill’ then at deadline day speed got Gayle up North dressed up and interviewed

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Definitely prefer Tom Lawrence to WheelBarra’!
    Can play attacking midfield and No. 10.

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  • Jib

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    optimistic prime

    If Moyes is really serious about Keane it probably means he knows Defoe is offmans.

    Oh dear

    😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    WW…,
    You’d think that you’d suggested that the deals were made in Hangar 52 on 9/11. Far from being out of the question, if there is a 3M fee still to be paid that is actually the most likely scenario. Well done!

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  • Jib

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    WWSBRD and Jail

    How you two !!!!!!!

    George Caulkin has said it ain’t going to happen.

    Move on.

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  • shakerxxoo

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Absolute poor player !!!!!!!! 🙁 🙁 🙁

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #11

    The one thing that is true about our owner is that he solely has his own best interest at heart. Despite the Calderwood quote being years old, MA still likes to do things his own cheap way. Which occasionally has its benefits and I hope encourages Rafa rather than frustrating.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Jail
    Haha aye I didnt get the reaction at all. Might be wrong as a theory but I dont think its absurd

    Jeffery
    Not what we are talking about treacle if ud like to get involved in our conversation do atleast try to keep up with it

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  • Jib

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Lindisfarne
    “MA still likes to do things his own cheap way.”

    No evidence of that whatsoever

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Whether the Townsend / Gayle transfers were linked or not does not really matter and any residual balance would not be a deciding factor on the formers return to NUFC. I doubt C.Palace want to provide us with a third good deal and loose face, plus we have the stronger negotiating hand and can simply move on if an offer is not suitable.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Something goone over Jibberish’s head again. What a surprise.

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  • Jib

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #16
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Lindisfarne,
    Probably not but would possibly explain why we agreed to sell without 13M being paid upfront.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #18

    On this day… In 2013, #NUFC confirmed the transfer of left back @MassadioHaidara from French side AS Nancy for a fee between £2.5m & £3m

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Jail
    We must move on from a (ongoing) conversation for yesterday but he’s still upset over Rafas failed Madrid days

    Haha and now some Google linked dig honestly this kid

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #20

    To be fair we do really need another occasionally brilliant inconsistent winger!!!!

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Lindis
    Aye doesn’t matter but in the context of when the discussion came up it was relevant

    And true by the looks on if we have moved on unfortunat let it looks like we’ve moved rather down the list

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  • expatmag

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #22

    ESSEX

    No mate. I dont believe we do.

    So, is this the end of the Townsend discussion now?

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  • expatmag

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #23

    JFA @ 15

    A regular occurence these days

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  • expatmag

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #24

    On a different note, sitting here in Oz, watching “Would I lie to you” and surprised to see Jermaine Jenas on Lee Macks team.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 24, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Jib

    I did think about substantiating that statement as there is the contrast of £80m transfers in the summer of 2015. Depending on your view it could be good economic management of the club to increase profitability, or alternatively excessive stripping of all costs to the detriment of the clubs brand, image, standing and attractiveness.

    The continual under investment in the club as a whole has recently necessitated another ‘loan’ from MA to cover the costs of relegation. On the surface a generous action but if the commercial revenue of the club was fully utilised, perhaps it would not be needed.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Expatmag

    That’s a lie…….
    …….your not in Oz!

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #27

    Yes to Tom Lawrence.
    No to Barra’
    Nowt to say on Andros!!

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  • expatmag

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #28

    LINDISFARNE

    I am. The missus is watchibg Emmerdale followed by Corrie and Eastenders……all on Foxtel pay TV

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #29

    expat, I certainly hope so.

    Howay Cardiff City. 🙂

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  • manxpie

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #30

    Expat that’s nothing he was on question time not so long ago!

    I’d prefer Will Hughes to any of the players we are linked with at the moment especially if we are going with young players he’ll be expensive but defo worth it

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  • expatmag

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #31

    MANX

    Changed his iccupation from footballer to comedian since leaving the goldfish bowl

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #32

    Andros who?

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  • expatmag

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #33

    TOONSTAFF

    Always knew it would end in tears…….lol

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #34

    manx
    Didn’t Hughes this month sign a new contract?

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #35

    toontaff
    Townsend mate

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #36

    Have we been linked with Townsend

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #37

    toontaff
    Yup for about a week now

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #38

    Wasn’t he the man Princess Margaret wanted to marry?

    Not sure he still alive never mind still playing football.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #39

    WWS

    Think he is taking the urine out of you mate…..lol

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  • expatmag

    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #40

    ESSEX

    Princess Anne

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