Report Newcastle Deal For Top Target Is Called Off

There’s news in SHOOT that Newcastle and Crystal Palace have stopped negotiating for the loan of Andros Townsend to Newcastle with Palace wanting a straight deal for £13M this month if they were going to let Andros leave the club.

Newcastle were only prepared to pay for a loan deal with an option to buy in the summer and it seems the deal will not be happening – at least not this month.

Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez last season

It looked alike a deal was possible about a week ago but Palace have dug in their heels and it’s not too surprising that the deal will not happen with both clubs at an impasse and neither willing to give.

It was reported a couple of days ago that Newcastle were moving on to other targets with the Townsend deal proving too difficult to close.

Townsend was reported to be keen to return to his former club with the transfer to Crystal Palace for him being little short of a disaster.

The deal to bring Andros back to Newcastle could still happen in the summer when Rafa should have lots of money to spend.

That’s always assuming we can get back to the Premier League, but Newcastle would want a deal for around £10M, rather than the £13M Palace paid Newcastle for Townsend last June.

Newcastle’s next choice for a winger with the Townsend deal not possible is Modou Barrow of Swansea.

Comments welcome.

49 comments so far

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Breaking news from, wait for it, wait for it, non other than that paragon of razor sharp journalism… SHOOT!

    You couldn’t make it up, but there again…

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Townsend had finally become a left winger….as in behind!

  • TudorCrisps

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Why is the same news being spread about like an unwanted fart.

    Least where not selling our prized assets that will do me, can’t wait for this Micky mouse window to shut.

  • Belfast

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Well I’ve just checked and there’s nothing about this in my 1997 shoot annual ?

    Seriously is this a wind up ? Or have they progressed to a website/paper ?

  • Belfast

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #5

    First time I’ve heard it mentioned for years

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #6


    Actually Kluivert could be a good signing for us now..

  • DaraghL

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #7

    I get all my news from shoot. Plus I get loads of free stickers.

  • Ian Toon

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Expat is a charleton as the more astute blogger will have understood a long time ago. Information gleaned from a number of questionable sources and subjected to a less than knowledgeable interpretation is not worth any serious consideration.

    I prefer the words of Jimmy Smith who has a sound understanding of the way ahead albeit being subject to the whims of Ashley.
    My advice to expat is to read Swiss ramble which will help put your hat on straight regarding all things CURRENTLY APPLICABLE REGARDING FOOTBALL FINANCES PREMIERSHIP: Championship. Remember ” a little learning is a dangerous thing”. As in all things time will tell.

  • nufc786

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #9

    anyone see this?

    Jese Rodriguez: Middlesbrough make move for PSG’s ex-Real Madrid forward

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #10

    What a comic strip this would be, ‘F Sam does the Palace’.

    “Ere, Queenie tha’ Grandson o’yous needs to knock some F.A heads together”.

    “I don’t give a toss, no player of mine is going to that ruddy club”.

    “If I were in charge the rest of Europe wouldn’t say boo to a goose”.


  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #11

    # Fat Sam

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Ian Toon

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Ian Toon

    Stick to football, this place has been pretty descent for a good couple of weeks. (Bar-pardon the pun-Welshie getting some stick)

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #14

    On the subject of unwanted farts, I see that Ian “Mr Multiple” Toon has turned up – just to cause bother.
    Stop your blog mischief -the blog has been a lot better since you stopped posting causing mischief.
    I hope your re-appearance today does not signal a sudden rush of posts in agreement with you – from members of your multiple troupe.
    You’ve been caught with your pants down, hand in the till – the game is up.
    You will never realise your ambition of becoming the “blog boss” as has been your clear intention for several years.
    Give it a rest and let folk blog in peace.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #15

    What’s a “charleton”?

  • Ian Toon

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Mr Tuff and apprentice expat- ” for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Ron Knee /

    What’s a “charleton”?

    a charlatan from S,.Carolina ?

    Ian Toon
    Keep up the good work exposing the poseurs and phoneys


    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #18

    I dont really see why people dislike the winter transfer window tbh

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib Jibberish – that’ll mean he’ll be talking about you all day.

    Charleton – hahaha – duh ug duh derr ug “I meant to say charlatan” derr duh ug.

    Ian Toon – you need to retract your disgraceful earlier comment of wanting death to befall anyone.
    Your Hemingway quote from whom the bell tolls is well understood to mean funeral bells – therefore death – wishing death upon anyone is disgraceful and only reveals your warped mind.
    What a nasty person.

  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s a John Donne quote you peasant

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Called off, like the rest of our targets, if we get a few injuries we are screwed.

  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Mr Tuff

    What howwid nathty fwightful person.

    boo hoo

  • lochinvar

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Jib – did you hear that on his radio show ?

  • Oldgit1

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Went to see nufc under 18s play last night I was one of the 1009 supporters that turned up. What a game!!! One of the best matches I have seen for skill and commitment by both teams. Not one yellow card, not one professional foul and not one player found diving. Both teams gave it their all.
    Some stand out players from both sides all living the dream of becoming professional players.

    It was good to see their parents there offering their support to these lads. Really hope they make a living out of football but no doubt a lot will fall by the wayside and be lost to the game. But in the meantime I hope they make it.
    Some tasty players in the Newcastle side but only time will tell if they ever make it. It will be the development manager Watson to ensure they keep their feet on the ground and what.a nice guy he is. Must be heartbreaking to tell some of the players that they are not good enough, wouldn’t want his job.

    A thoroughly enjoyable match so like the famous Keegan game at Liverpool which ended 4-3. This time the score was in our favour.

    It was a £1 well spent (oap) and a £1 for the grandbairn. Oh .40p for the program.

  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Ha ha ha
    I just got that

  • lochinvar

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Oldgit1 – wot no soup or bovril at half time ? Suggest you complain to Ashley to get that sorted !

  • lochinvar

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #27

    Jib – took your time, must be preoccupied with all the hustle and bustle of the Newcastle transfer deals !

  • hibbit

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #28

    O young Lochinvar is come out of the west,
    Through all the wide Border his steed was the best;
    And save his good broadsword he weapons had none,
    He rode all unarm’d, and he rode all alone.
    So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war,
    There never was knight like the young Lochinvar.

    He staid not for brake, and he stopp’d not for stone,
    He swam the Eske river where ford there was none;
    But ere he alighted at Netherby gate,
    The bride had consented, the gallant came late:
    For a laggard in love, and a dastard in war,
    Was to wed the fair Ellen of brave Lochinvar.

    So boldly he enter’d the Netherby Hall,
    Among bride’s-men, and kinsmen, and brothers and all:
    Then spoke the bride’s father, his hand on his sword,
    (For the poor craven bridegroom said never a word,)
    “O come ye in peace here, or come ye in war,
    Or to dance at our bridal, young Lord Lochinvar?”

    “I long woo’d your daughter, my suit you denied;—
    Love swells like the Solway, but ebbs like its tide—
    And now I am come, with this lost love of mine,
    To lead but one measure, drink one cup of wine.
    There are maidens in Scotland more lovely by far,
    That would gladly be bride to the young Lochinvar.”

    The bride kiss’d the goblet: the knight took it up,
    He quaff’d off the wine, and he threw down the cup.
    She look’d down to blush, and she look’d up to sigh,
    With a smile on her lips and a tear in her eye.
    He took her soft hand, ere her mother could bar,—
    “Now tread we a measure!” said young Lochinvar.

    So stately his form, and so lovely her face,
    That never a hall such a galliard did grace;
    While her mother did fret, and her father did fume,
    And the bridegroom stood dangling his bonnet and plume;
    And the bride-maidens whisper’d, “’twere better by far
    To have match’d our fair cousin with young Lochinvar.”

    One touch to her hand, and one word in her ear,
    When they reach’d the hall-door, and the charger stood near;
    So light to the croupe the fair lady he swung,
    So light to the saddle before her he sprung!
    “She is won! we are gone, over bank, bush, and scaur;
    They’ll have fleet steeds that follow,” quoth young Lochinvar.

    There was mounting ’mong Graemes of the Netherby clan;
    Forsters, Fenwicks, and Musgraves, they rode and they ran:
    There was racing and chasing on Cannobie Lee,
    But the lost bride of Netherby ne’er did they see.
    So daring in love, and so dauntless in war,
    Have ye e’er heard of gallant like young Lochinvar?

  • Oldgit1

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #29

    @ lochhinvar I forgot the coffee, 50 p and a tray of chips for the Bairn £1. Cheaper than a McDonald’s. Can’t blame Ashley the game was played at the Sunderland youth ground. Btw Sunderland had 16 players in their squad, we had 27 go figure.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #30


  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Old git

    I figured

    We had 11 more than them

    Do I win a prize ?


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #32


    Comment 21 No, we’re not!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib Jibberish – you thicko – I never said who originated the phrase – I simply referred to Hemingways book where the phrase is repeated.

    It is quite obvious you did a quick Google search to find out about Ernest Hemingway and then returned with your pitiful broadside.
    I bet you originally thought Hemingway was a footballer and were trying to Google his name.

    What a dope and thicko – worra plonka.

  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Boro has had the Snodgrass bid rejected.

    Karanka has a fefling there is another club in for him .


  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #35

    a fefling ?
    FEELING even

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #36

    fefling??????? duh ug.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Hibbit -.thanks for publishing my autobiography
    Would have liked to stay for a chat but Ellen’s got my tea on so have to go ….

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 26, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #38

    NUFC have made a loan offer for CD Leganes’ Gabriel Pires, with option to buy if they get promoted, reports @DiMarzio. From twitter.

    Supposed to be able to play anywhere in the front six but from the looks of it I’d say attacking midfielder. Poor scoring record but looks to have a good range of striking.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 26, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #39

    Passing not striking

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 26, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #40

    If Townsend did come back, it will be interesting to see if he can maintain his previous hot streak of form under Rafa.


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