If Crystal Palace are serious and want £20M for Andros Townsend, then it seems the England winger will not be arriving on Tyneside.
But in general, the news that we are bidding for him seems to have been welcomed by Newcastle fans.
Andros was one of the top players who decided to leave Newcastle when we were relegated two years ago, and his primary reason for leaving was that he wanted to play in the England team.
He just missed out on the England squad for Euro 2016 but he is not in the World Cup squad in Russia, and his England ambitions seem to have died since he left Newcastle.
Andros Townsend – in action against Aston Villa back in 2016
But the majority of Newcastle fans would welcome the winger back especially if he comes back and starts to play really well for us.
Here’s a quote from Townsend in the Chronicle today that he made in late 2016, and he talks about leaving Newcastle:
“Listen, I loved every minute of it.”
“Newcastle took me from the U21s at Spurs to playing Premier League football in front of 52,000, they got the best out of me.”
“The fans loved me, Rafa Benitez got the best out of me and it was extremely difficult to leave where you are loved, compared to a place where you are not so loved.
“I had a very productive time there, unfortunately, it was not enough to stay in the Premier League.”
“I had to think long and hard in the summer about what I wanted to do; stay and play in the Championship did not cross my mind, in the end.”
“I had to go with my head and not my heart.”
“I did not want to take a drop down, especially while the options were still there in the Premier League.”
Rafa Benitez has kept up a good relationship with the winger and was sympathetic with him wanting to leave Newcastle to keep his England options open.
But Newcastle have surged back to the big time over the last two years with the guidance of Mr. Benitez and finished in 10th place and just above Palace in the Premier League last season.
And in retrospect, Rafa thinks it could have been a mistake for Townsend to have left the Magpies.
That’s how things are at the moment, and Andros would be a good signing for us – if we can get him at a decent price.
Some fans still think badly of him leaving when we were down – but you cannot hold grudges – well not too long anyway.
Life’s far too short for that stuff.