Newcastle Expect Positive Decision On Transfer Target

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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jan 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1


    From previous.

    You’re right in that one would expect Ashley to want to ensure promotion and a successful Newcastle United by backing Rafa this window. But we’re well aware that Ashley’s a stubborn man who likes to do things and have things done his way with his people. There lies the problem and we’ve suffered Ashley’s sometimes bizarre actions before – he doesn’t always do the sensible thing!

    I’ll stand by my original theory.

  • robertsleftfoot

    Jan 30, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #2

    After such a positive pre season and first half to our year in the championship I cant help feeling let down by Ashley and Charnley in not having any forward thinking to purchase a couple of Premier league players for next year making the amount of changes next season (if we go up) not wholesale and changing a full team.

    If we go up with the current squad and Ashley or Charnley think that team is good enough to compete then they are even more moronic than I initially thought.

    Decent keeper, Lascelles we hope is good enough, Shelvey & Richie can cope and Gayle we are hoping can develop a little bit more to turn his championship goals into Prem goals.

    x2 new full backs needed!! x2 Centre halfs (one to start and one as back up) x2 Central Midfielders (One to start and one as back up) x1 Winger to start

    Cant see us purchasing x7 Premier league quality players in the summer!!

  • lochinvar

    Jan 30, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    The transfer market is increasingly like a cattle market or horse trading deals.
    There has to be a football reason for Rafa wanting Townsend back and just hope that’s not Gayle’s hamstring.
    Letting Mwemba go to on loan to Palace has some sense so that he gets game time for the rest of this season but there are many who think he does have potential so would prefer to have him back in our squad for next season.

    Will be pleased to see a return to normality on Wednesday , transfer window closed and SJP open for business. HWTL

  • anthc

    Jan 30, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    I think this is a mistake if true. Much rather keep mbemba. I’d have to agree with tikitakaacca a few posts back that he should be given a chance alongside Clark. I just worry about lascelles as he has poor distribution which I think is down to his concentration although does make some great tackles. I think being captain gives him an edge over the other cb’s and yes he was dropped at the start of the season but I still think he gets the benefit alot. He sometimes reminds me of Mike Williamson.

  • one fine day

    Jan 30, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #5

    you’d have to think the obligation to buy(if indeed the case) would have a claus on mbembas part ?
    If he is doing well then id much rather him coming back to us.
    doubt he’d want a permanent move to a team taking the drop.
    We saw what happens when you push to sign a player who doesn’t want to be here with Thauvin.

  • giimps

    Jan 30, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Best case scenario imho, we loan toonsend with option to buy if we go up, thereby negating their chances of surviving by taking options away from them, loan Chancel to them so he gets game time but Palace being relegated so he does not move and comes back to us for next season, that way we get Toonsend and Mbemba for the prem (assuming we are better than we are now with toonsend in the team and we go up with Brighton (probably).
    Im not that bothered if Palace go down this season now king percy isnt on the throne of the palace but they may have some good pickings for a freshly promoted team like ours.

  • SA Toon

    Jan 30, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Obviously we’d all like to see some Premier League players brought in now to guarantee promotion, but I’m not sure how easy it is to convince them to drop down to the Championship. January is never an easy window in which to secure top players, and our current status must make that even more difficult. It seems we’re trying hard to get Townsend and possibly McCarthy in before tomorrow night, and I don’t think we can expect much more from the club. Personally, I think they’re doing the right thing looking for loans through to the end of the season. I’d rather keep our transfer kitty until after we get promoted and there are a lot more options available.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 30, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #8

    If I was Ashley I would have bankrolled RAFA this window it’s a no Brainer.
    Be tragic if we buy no one and stay down another season….could see it happening though especially if we pick up injuries or more suspensions.


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