Newcastle Still Thinking Small – Refuse To See Big Picture


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.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Looks like were either trying to force Palace into realising that they will loose the Townsend deal or that we’ve given up and go for the younger Pepe with future resell value. Ashley’s at work methinks.

    Claims in France this morning that Newcastle have approached Angers with a 10m euros (£8.5m) bid for Nicolas Pepe.
    Back in mid-December, L’Equipe first reported that Newcastle were interested in a January move for the 21 year old winger/attacker.

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  • mindshaft

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #2

    More likely Rafa will come to his senses and leave when he realises we’re a potential big club but our owner has a small self sufficient club much like Watford or Burnemouth is the height of our ambition

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  • hibbit

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #3

    lets just hope Rafa still our manager when this window closes
    if Rafa thinks this lot have conned him he will walk !!!!

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  • hibbit

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #4

    its going to be a very long day lets hope we all stay friends !!!

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #5

    A bit too soon for the scaremongering article Ed ha ha. Roll it out tomorrow morning or you will be out of ammo. 🙂

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  • NoahJ

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think being sensible in the pursuit of townsend is “thinking small”- it’s ridiculous to be forced to pay more for him than we sold him for, when he has clearly depreciated in value since then.

    however not being foresighted enough to make deals happen before the last day, is naiive and stinks of the kinnear/wise director of football era

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  • Mag52

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #7

    You can take the man out of the market stall, but you can’t take the market stall out of the man.

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  • Budge123

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #8

    I really think we are in a position where we don’t need to buy to get promoted. So any additions should improve us next season not just this.
    Townsend for me 100% fits that category.
    But paying over the odds for him isn’t being shortsighted it’s being sensible.
    Buy him or better in the Summer.
    What would be Townsend price when we go up and perhaps Palace down?
    If Rafa is demanding transfers at inflated prices he needs to start to realise how privileged he’s been so far with transfer spend compared to the rest of this division

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  • Budge123

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Should say not paying over the odds!

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  • ZIPPIE57

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Rafa will walk they have not honoured there word

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  • posada

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Budge at 8.
    I agree with your last sentence, but be careful you will get grief on this blog from the Rafalite Brotherhood.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 31, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #12

    I think RAFA will walk – crazy transfer policy if we get nobody in.
    Wouldn’t be happy with signing more French players either most are way too lightweight for the battle ahead.

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