There’s an article in the Chronicle today that says Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend has a release clause in his contract of £13M, which was the same amount that was in his contract when he was at Newcastle.
But the report is that Crystal Palace also want a loan fee for Andros since Newcastle want to get him in on loan with an option or obligation to buy in the summer.
If that’s the case and assuming the Chronicle report is accurate, then it would make good sense if Newcastle paid out the £13M fee in January and take a slight chance on Townsend, rather than having to pay an additional loan fee of maybe £2M or £3M for him.
Andros Townsend in action for Newcastle last season
We would be due a loan fee for Chancel Mbemba and his loan deal can still go ahead as part of the overall deal.
We’re not sure why there’s no money available this month for transfers, since Rafa and Lee Charnley made a profit of almost £31M last summer.
But it’s also true that Mike Ashley had to loan the club an extra £30M (approximately) this month to pay for the day-to-day running costs of the club this season, as our revenues have decreased.
But why would we want to pay a total of £15M or £16M to buy Andros in the summer after he’s spent a loan spell at Newcastle for the rest of the season?
It is a risk, yes, but surely Rafa has confidence that he can again get the very best out of Townsend, especially when the large majority of Newcastle fans want him back even though he left us in our time of need last June.
Would You Take Andros Townsend Back At Newcastle?
- Yes (85%, 7,647 Votes)
- No (15%, 1,377 Votes)
Total Voters: 9,024
But if this is what’s holding up the loan deal why don’t Newcastle bring Townsend on a straight transfer this month for £13M?
The trade-off is the loan fee versus the risk that Andros is not as good as he was for us last season.