Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has made former Newcastle winger Andros Townsend available for transfer, but they are also reporting that while Rafa is keen to sign one of his favorite players – Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley are blocking any move for him.
The Mirror report is that Palace has already turned down a £10M offer for him – although that’s not from Newcastle.
Rafa, as you would expect, is not happy about this because at the end of the January transfer window he was expecting Newcastle to sign Andros Townsend on the very last day of the window but that didn’t happen, and Rafa was said to be furious.
Andros Townsend while at Newcastle last year
If we were to guess why the Newcastle hierarchy is now balking at bringing Townsend back in, it would be because we have already signed two wingers in this transfer window – Christian Atsu and young Jacob Murphy.
But we don’t really know why Ashley and Charnley are balking at a move for the 25-year-old England International.
The difference between Townsend and the two new signings is that Townsend is a known quantity in the Premier League under Rafa Benitez and he could quickly settle down again on Tyneside and start producing for us.
Andros was a huge fan favorite and the poll we took earlier in the year (January) shows Newcastle fans are willing to forgive the player for leaving us last summer during our time of need when we were in the Championship.
Would You Take Andros Townsend Back At Newcastle?
- Yes (85%, 7,647 Votes)
- No (15%, 1,377 Votes)
Total Voters: 9,024
It looks like Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley are not willing to turn over the full responsibility for the signings to Rafa, and that could prove dangerous.
Since that’s the agreement they have in place, this could be very dangerous.
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