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.