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Stoke’s Actual Bid For Ritchie Revealed – Townsend Not Too Expensive

If Sky Sports are correct, then Andros Townsend is not that expensive and two years after we sold him to Crystal Palace for £13M Palace want £17M for him.

That would be an excellent deal for Newcastle – just a premium of £4M after two years.

And we know the England winger will be able to slot right into the way Rafa wants him to play.

Matt Ritchie – Stoke bid £11,5M for him – turned down

Here’s the tweet today from Sky Sports north-east correspondent Keith Downie on Ritchie and Townsend:

If that’s true, Newcastle haven’t turned down a bid for Ritchie from Stoke for £15M as recently reported.

But rather, it’s almost the same fee we paid for the Cherries winger two years ago.

It seems that if the Potters raised their bid to a little over £15M then Rafa could let him go.

But before Matt leaves (if he does) Rafa will also want Kenedy into Newcastle.

However, the reports are that Chelsea want £30M for the 22-year-old Brazilian, who did so well for us on loan this year.

But we seriously doubt the fee is that high – and maybe £20M is more realistic?

It would be a coup for Rafa is he can get both Kenedy and Townsend into Newcastle this summer.

If he does then it could mean the likable Matt Ritchie is on his way after an excellent two years at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

172 comments so far

  • toon kk

    Jul 6, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m would be happy enough to bring Townsend back to Newcastle but Richie is one of our best player’s is Townsend a big improvement?

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Mr Tuff
    Georginio Wijnaldum
    Aleksandar Mitrovic
    Chancel Mbemba
    Ivan Toney
    £2 m
    Florian Thauvin
    Henri Saivet
    Jonjo Shelvey
    Andros Townsend

    Actually £77.5M

  • swemag

    Jul 6, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #3

    If this is true it is very good news.

    Townsend and Kenedy on the wings with Shelvey in the middle feels quite alright.

    The sign Mbappe for 230 million. We should be alright after that.

  • chicousa

    Jul 6, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah, it would be tough losing Ritchie. Such a hard working player and very effective if not spectacularly gifted. A leader on the team. If however for family reasons he actually wants the move then fair enough.

    He had a bit of hard luck this past season as I think he hit the post about half a dozen times or more!

  • toonincheek

    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Townsend isn’t the big character and inspiration that
    Ritchie is so that affects performance throughout the

    If we get Kenedy on loan, it means we can’t loan
    another player from Chelski. Can understand, though,
    that Kenedy may want to leave if Rafa doesn’t stay.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Townsend and Ritchie are very different players, moving Ritchie on in favour of Townsend doesn’t necessarily reflect badly on Ritchie, it just suggests Rafa wants to set the team up differently and Ritchie would be relegated to a bit-part role which I don’t think he would want.

    If he left, he’d go with my gratitude for the two years he’s been here and the work he’s put in during that time. If he stayed, I’d be very happy with that also as he seems like a great lad and an important part of the team ethic which Rafa has built.

  • Diddly

    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Graves on twitter again spouting if rafa can pull this off it willbe exciting. Why do it no actual storey. I suppose I shouldn’t take notice but it gets on me nerves

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #8

    not only did mclaren spend a lot, he got some great players. shame he is one of the worst managers ever.

  • Pottsclock

    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t think Thauvin will be joining this physical encounter with Uruguay….physicality not one of his strengths.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Great words from our skipper

    “We play for one another. We play for the badge. We play for the fans and the staff and, of course, for our families.

    “There’s not one player here that would just play here to try and get a move or for more or whatever. It’s not about that. We’re loyal. We’re a hard-working, young group of players, and it’s going to stay that way.”

  • Tsunki

    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Was Merino hanging around when he said that ? 😉

  • neverbeento wembly

    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Dont believe any of it, it is all b.s. until Rafa signs a new contract

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Ha, Merino – conspicuous by his absence today…

  • lesh

    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #14

    I may be wrong but with the exception of Townsend, weren’t the McLaren signings down to Carr? Didn’t Schteev have to fight to get him in?

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #16


    I don’t think McClaren was responsible for any of the summer signings.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #17

    You have to be very careful about structuring a sentence with “McLaren” and “Responsible” in it. 😐

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Weren’t the McLaren signings down to Carr

    Not relevant

    The signings could have been down to Kath Cassidy

    £70+ was made available

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #19

    £70M+ even

  • Tsunki

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #20

    I supposed £70m could qualify as £70+

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #21

    I think I’m yet to see a photo of Matz Sels where he doesn’t look severely p!ssed off….

    On the other hand, Joselu never seems to stop grinning.

    I wonder who’s best to have around the squad?

  • Tsunki

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #22

    I have a feeling that exactly the budget promise that Charnley makes, it’s along the same lines as”every penny” .

    Charnley – “You have a budget of many millions Rafa!”
    Rafa – “Estupendo!. Er..how much, exactly?”
    Charnley “*coughs*…three*cough*million…”

  • Tsunki

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Rob – I reckon they would both have the same thought bubble above their heads –

    “Wow! I can’t believe I’m still here!”

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib – thanks for your list.
    The first two Gini and Mitro were to all intents and purposes on their way to SJP before McLaren arrived. So nowt to do with him. There’s a third of the dosh gone with no input by Wally Brolly. So your take that Mr Tubbs is beneficial to the managers really doesn’t stand up.

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Laffed like a girl.

    Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said in a statement: “We were called today to a back lane in Heaton, where a 24-year-old man was on his way to buy breakfast when he stepped on some tarmac, lost his footing and went straight through the road. The tarmac had become very soft during the current heatwave and had melted. The young man stayed calm and called 999 for help even though his left leg was thigh deep in the road. We arrived around three mins later and proceeded to dig around him with a hammer and chisel to gently ease his leg out. Thankfully he didn’t break his ankle as he was wearing his granddad’s Dr. Martens”.

    Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/news/man-stuck-road-tarmac-melted/

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Great to see you clearly have moved on Tsunki…could you keep moving then…just a little bit further…further…further! Did you reach the next blog? Good then you’re there 😉

  • jazzyp

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Well Rafa back as well as the players.Pre season started,So no more excuses let’s get the players in who Rafa wants and move forward as a club.

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Mr Tuff
    So your take that Mr Tubbs is beneficial to the managers really doesn’t stand up.

    what ?

    Who trained and picked the team ?

    Another snow job and obfuscation by
    folk who don’t really know what they’re talking about.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Jesper……… Hope you have got over the defeat to Croatia. I genuinely thought you deserved to win. What are your thoughts on the England / Sweden game tomorrow. Any preferences as to who wins?

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Brazil United v the Belgiums should be a decent game. Belgian is just a little country so they’ve done quite well so far.

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Mister Tuff
    Brazil United v the Belgiums should be a decent game.
    Belgian is just a little country so they’ve done quite well so far.

    Keep this wonderful football news and analysis coming

    What a fabulous contributor you are !!!

    You and Jesper are vying for blogger of the season

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2018 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Rio de Janeiro
    Sao Paulo
    (they are cities in Brazil Mr Tuff)
    each have larger populations than Belgium !!!!

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Of course England has 20 cities with a larger
    population than Iceland
    Jail can tell you all about Iceland’s footy team

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 6, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Jib…….. Are you back in the UK? Just wondered what the mood was in Spain after their dismal showing.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Wow Jib – you have been progressing with your geography – very good.
    I recall when you first started posting on here you thought Brazil was in Africa.

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #37

    I’m back sweltering here Betty
    I left before they were eliminated
    At the moment I’m texting all my
    Real Madrid supporting pals
    “Arrivederci Ronny”
    You wouldn’t believe the abuse I’m getting back

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #38

    I left a Union Jack (I couldn’t find an England flag)
    tied to my terrace railing , just to wind up my neighbours

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Woah – Jib that’s very naughty of them giving you abuse -disgraceful.

  • chicousa

    Jul 6, 2018 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Rafa talks and ‘admits Newcastle United have endured a “difficult transfer window” so far.’

    Hmmm. ‘Cup half empty’ type folks will see this as not very encouraging and want Ashley out! ‘Cup half full’ types will point out the ‘so far’ bit. Rob will hope the lack of incomming and outgoing completed deals might indicate a sale of the club!

    In this case and after 4 “difficult transfer windows” in a row I am firmly in the glass half full group!

    Ashley Out!

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