Latest Reports Suggest Palace Starter Could Be On His Way Out Of SE25

0 Posted by - July 2, 2018 - News

It’s been widely reported over the last 24 hours that Newcastle United have reopened talks with Crystal Palace over a potential £18 million deal for regular first-team starter Andros Townsend.

The England midfielder moved to Newcastle in January of 2016, before leaving them just months later following their relegation from the Premier League, despite Rafa Benitez’s best efforts to keep him on their books. Predictably, the Spaniard guided the Magpies back into the Premier League at the first time of asking but once they had regained their place at English football’s top table, Towsend was happily settled in SE25.

To the wide-man’s credit, he hasn’t given even the merest hint of a suggestion that he’s keen to leave Selhurst Park this summer but with his former boss known to a massive fan, it seems those behind the scenes at St James’ Park are desperate to explore every possible angle relating to a potential reunion with their former star.

With Matt Ritchie supposedly a serious transfer target for both Stoke City and Middlesbrough this summer, Benitez is seemingly unwilling to sanction a sale until a suitable replacement is sourced, which is where Townsend comes into the picture. Initially, Palace’s demand of £20 million or more was said to be putting the Newcastle board off from making a formal offer but the latest reports suggest that the Eagles’ stance has softened slightly, with a bid of around £18 million said to be enough to tempt them into a sale.

Given Townsend’s tirless work-rate and regular appearances in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI, I don’t mind admitting that I’m a little perplexed by the idea of letting him go. Of course, we may look to bring in a superior replacement but with money known to be tight at boardroom level and roughly one month to go until the window closes, it’s not a scenario that fills me with joy.

Most Palace fans have come to terms with the fact that this summer isn’t going to be one filled with lavish spending but if the club are genuinely considering selling one of our regular starters before any outfield players have come in, you do start to wonder about the plans we have in place for the transfer window as a whole.

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  • terence carter July 2, 2018 - 7:31 am Reply

    this is the usual cock-up.parish and company haven,t a clue how to conduct transfers for palaces betermenti really don,t get this.without andros,s commitment i don,t think we would have stayed up.the answer is this u don,t spend u go down.never mind giving palace a good stadium,do u want to be watching championship football in it.this squad,minus townsend,cabaye and loftus-cheek,is pure relegation material.and with this rubbish going on around him,why would wilf want to stay.match his ambition,or he,l go.

  • Ben July 2, 2018 - 11:37 am Reply

    Would be really sad to see him go and like others, can’t really understand why we would sell him. However, I’ve got faith in the club and know they are working hard in the background to do what they need to do transfer wise. Just because it’s not splashed all over the papers about what the club are doing doesn’t mean they are doing nothing. SP hates doing his business publicly as prices are driven up when this happens. Instead of putting the boot in all the time, we should keep the faith and support the club in their endeavours. None of us know what is happening behind the scenes. The only thing that has been made public are the accounts which show we have to be prudent in our transfer dealings. I for one don’t want to see administration come again and SP will ensure it doesn’t happen. Part of making sure it doesn’t happen men’s we have to live within our means. Spending big is not an option at this stage.

  • terence carter July 3, 2018 - 7:58 am Reply

    ben u miss the point.nobody wants our club bankrupt.but im fed up with the way bparish does his buisness.surely it,s common sense u mark the players u want and can afford,before the season,s end.otherwise whats freedman doing?every transfer window we have this crap.if there,s no money tell us,stop messing with our emotions.all im saying is with the team as it is minus cabaye,l-cheek,we will be crap in midfield.all this having faith with the managment is wishfull thinking.i live in the real world.and whats going on is no good.why would wilf stay with a team destind for another relegation dog-fight.getting rid of townsend is suicide.just rubbish.

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