The Sun are reporting today that Newcastle are in talks with Crystal Palace on a potential £18M transfer of Andros Townsend back to Newcastle.
For £18M that would be a decent buy and is only a £5M premium on what we sold Andros to Palace for two years ago – in this world of ever-increasing transfer fees.
However, we doubt that Palace will agree to that fee.
The Sun are reporting that Townsend is being brought in because Matt Ritchie is set to join Stoke for £15M this summer.
Andros Townsend scoring against Swansea in 2016
That’s difficult to believe because Matt will not want to leave Newcastle and certainly not to Championship club Stoke.
He could rejoin Bournemouth, but he’s very settled on Tyneside with his family.
We would like to see Andros back at Newcastle because he’s a proven PL winger when coached by Rafa Benitez.
However, we would also like to keep Ritchie at the club.
And we still want Robert Kenedy back from Chelsea if we can get him for say £20M.
If Ritchie will move to Bournemouth and we can get both Kenedy and Townsend to the club that would be excellent business by Rafa Benitez.
The manager seems determined to get players into the club in the next week or two.
If Ritchie is sold then it shows Rafa is willing to wheel and deal in the transfer market this summer and hopefully will end up with a much-improved squad for next season.
That’s what we all want to see.
What do you think?