News today that Crystal Palace are willing to sell former Newcastle winger Andros Townsend this summer but would you believe it – Newcastle have been told the price could be as high as £30M.
We sold him to Palace two years ago for £13M – which was his release clause.
If that’s the price for Townsend I should probably end this article right now – but let’s take another sip of this strong Starbucks Italian black coffee and continue.
Ah – that’s better.
Palace had earlier this summer rejected an approach for Townsend from Newcastle, but apparently, they are now willing to listen to offers for the England International.
West Ham winger Michail Antonio had previously been reported as the preferred replacement for Townsend, but former Premier League Champions Leicester City are also interested in Antonio.
Andros Townsend with Rafa Benitez on the final day of relegation season against Spurs
The Times are reporting that Hodgson must sell players before he can buy this summer so it could be he wants to push the deal for Townsend through quickly?
Assuming we can get Townsend for £20M, it could be a good deal because he is a proven Premier League player under the coaching of Rafa Benitez.
But where would that leave us with Kenedy – who could be available from Chelsea?
Presumably, Rafa will not bring both wingers in – we need one or two good strikers as a priority – and we would prefer Kenedy as the new winger he brings in this summer.
But these are some of the scheduling difficulties during any transfer window.
If he does want both wingers in then, he would need to sell one of our existing wingers – Ritchie, Murphy or Atsu.
If both wingers are available for £20M – we’d take Kenedy.
What would you do?