There after now just over 15 hours of the transfer market to go and Newcastle still have to make their first breakthrough this month: we haven’t signed anybody – not even development players.
It looks like the best we can do today is to sign Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace and according to a number of reports – one from George Caulkin of the Times – that’s the only deal that Newcastle can do before the window closes at 11:00 pm tonight.
But there’s a hitch (of course) and it’s that Newcastle do not want to pay £15M for Townsend when we just sold him last June for £13M and he’s not played well at Crystal Palace since then.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
The £15M comes from the fact Newcastle want a loan deal – the fee for that is £2M – and then if we want to buy Andros in the summer the release fee in his contract is £13M – so that adds up to £15M.
We reported yesterday if that’s the case why don’t we buy him now for £13M and take a small chance.
But here are Newcastle under Mike Ashley refusing to see the big picture and refusing to pay £2M in this case to get a very good player back to the club.
Two years ago we tried to sign Dele Alli and we were the favorites throughout that January of 2015 and had agreed the deal with MK Dons for £5M, but then held out and refused to pay the fee his agent was requesting.
In came Tottenham late in the window and signed Alli and the rest is history and Alli is probably worth £60M now – two years later.
So once gain Mike Ashley’s Newcastle is haggling over a million here and a million there.
If we don’t get Townsend in today and we are not promoted in May this will be a case once again of failing to see the big picture and we’ll lose out on £150M a year in the Premier League.
There is evidence Rafa is annoyed by all of these goings on this month, so we expect Newcastle to come to their senses and get Townsend through the door today.