The Chronicle are reporting today that Newcastle have offered Chancel Mbemba in part exchange for Andros Townsend – both being loan deals with an option to buy in the summer – and the Tyneside club are now waiting for a positive answer from the London club.
It’s the latest move by Newcastle in what is becoming a desperate attempt at getting two of their transfer targets through the door before 11:00 pm tomorrow night, when the transfer window closes.
Rafa Benitez and Andros Townsend
Rafa Benitez is anxious to bolster his squad with a winger and a central midfielder, but it’s dubious now whether we can get two players in – but you never know.
Chancel played yesterday for DR Congo in the quarter-final 2-1 loss to Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations and now is presumably trying to return to Newcastle, so we assume Newcastle have been in contact with him about the proposed deal.
The Croydon Advertiser today are reporting they expect Crystal Palace to do the deal and want to take Chancel since he is the player Palace manager Sam Allardyce asked for a few days ago; he seems to have got his wish.
Chancel Mbemba in training
So there seems to be some optimism the deal can be done today, but it’s up to Crystal Palace now to accept Newcastle’s new offer for the deal.
Newcastle seem to have given Palace what they requested – Chancel Mbemba in part exchange.
There’s no new news on our other target James McCarthy of Everton so far today.