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Andros Townsend Available – But Newcastle Hierarchy Blocking Any Move For Him

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 )
  • No (15%, 1,377 )

Total Voters: 9,024

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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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12 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #1

    I just love a bit of Negativity on a Sunday morning

  • why oh why

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #2

    I try not to read the Sunday papers as its all bollocks ,
    They won’t be happy until Rafa is gone .

  • why oh why

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Oh and my season ticket arrived on Friday .
    Whoop whoop ?

  • magscar

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed you say

    …. “But we don’t really know why Ashley and Charnley are balking at a move for the 25-year-old England International.”

    Is it not more accurate to say we don’t really know that they ARE – nevermind why?

    Typical Sunday news . Do the papers get hacked off at not getting any info out of club so just rehash and extrapolate old stories and/or try to guess what is happening .

    I can’t help but feel there are a lot of journalists out there who hated that we managed to get Rafa in and still do. They would love it absolutely love it if there was a bust up and he left.

  • magscar

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Why oh why

    Snap on the comment but not the season tickets. Still waiting but have had email so here’s hoping for Monday

  • lesh

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #6

    If might be premature to dismiss these recent reports as groundless but the one about Jolesu (or whatever his name is) being valued at over £12m seems a tad far fetched. And, well the Townsend story’s a bit too easy to manufacture.

    I’ve no doubt that Rafa’s as frustrated as hell. Prices and other demands have gone daft while a tight budget coupled with the log-jam caused by poor players who were bought pre Rafa and now can’t shift combined with delays in progressing bids would make a saint swear.

    However, we can but wait and see how Rafa reacts to questions he’ll doubtless face in his pre and/ or post match press con today.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 6, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Just wondering if NewsNow will ban these crappy papers and Fiction writers ( pretend Journalists ) for publishing their garbage

    Or are we linked with him as well ?

  • toontaff2

    Aug 6, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #8

    My season ticket arrived Friday, along with the promise of a special present to represent our 125 years’ anniversary – I can’t wait.

  • magscar

    Aug 6, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #9


    Been saying that as has likes of Bobby but it just goes on and on …

    Roll on end of window. Agree with Rafa that it’s ridiculous to have new season start whilst transfer window is still open. Log jam might start to free itself after next weekend?

    Oh should add that someof the “logs” we have are Rafa’s eg Hanley and Lazaar. Not griping just being accurate and showing how easy it is for a player we fought over for a long time last season (Hanley,) to become unwanted so quick and on good wages and long contract. That’s football.

  • toontaff2

    Aug 6, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #10

    This is a great headline to get the neggars warmed up ready for the matchday meltdoon.
    The sun is out, Toon are at home, new season nearly here – take a lot more than the same old to ruin the day.

  • palacematt

    Aug 6, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Ask yourself a few questions… he’s played (well) in every pre-season friendly, why would Palace sell? Why would Rafa have gone for 2 other wingers first if he thought he could get his supposed first choice? And why would Palace sell him for the money Newcastle would be willing to pay when Bolasie who is older, no English-premium, misses games for afcon and less end product went for £27m a year ago, especially in this crazy transfer window.

    Do yourself a favour and forget Townsend, the other two could turn out to be just as good, and if everyone stops reading these stupid wind up articles they will slowly die off

  • KevinLee

    Aug 6, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #12



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