A number of national newspapers including the Guardian are reporting that Newcastle have made a £20M bid for former winger Andros Townsend but that Crystal Palace have turned down the bid.
And Newcastle have some competition from former Premier League Champions Leicester City in trying to resign the former Tottenham winger.
Newcastle made an inquiry a couple of days ago, and they are reported to be willing to pay £20M for a winger who Rafa Benitez rates highly.
Rafa Benitez and Andros Townsend in April 2016
Andros moved to Crystal Palace in the summer of 2016 for about £13M after we were relegated, and he signed a five-year deal at the London club.
If we are willing to pay £20M for Townsend, it could mean that Newcastle do not want to pay £20M for Chelsea winger Robert Townsend who is said to be available for that amount.
Rafa has always rated Townsend, and certainly, he got the very best out of him in the second half of our relegation season when the England winger was outstanding.
Andros Townsend playing for Rafa in a more successful Newcastle team could become an excellent player on Tyneside.
It seems obvious that’s what Rafa thinks, but it also suggests Newcastle don’t want to buy Kenedy outright for £20M.
The Chronicle are reporting that while Newcastle are interested in Townsend they have been quoted a £20M fee but haven’t yet bid for him and think the £20M fee is too high.
Newcastle probably expected Townsend to be a cheaper option than Kenedy.
What do you think?