Newcastle’s Efforts To Sign Townsend Just Stepped Up A Gear

0 Posted by - July 10, 2018 - News

Newcastle’s summer pursuit of Andros Townsend took another twist yesterday, following reports that Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is now open to the idea of selling winger Matt Ritchie to fund a bid.

Until now, the North East outfit have been unwilling to allow Ritchie to leave St James’ Park but with progress having been made in negotiations with Chelsea over a season-long loan deal for Kenedy, Sky Sports are suggesting that Benitez has softened his stance over the wide man’s departure.

Whilst Palace have given no indication of wanting to sell Townsend, reports have hinted that a fee in excess of £20 million will be enough to test the Eagles’ resolve, given the tightening of purse strings that appears to be taking place in SE25 this summer. For my money, allowing Townsend to leave without having an able replacement ready and waiting to go is a huge risk, particularly when you consider that Bakary Sako still hasn’t given us a positive answer over the contract he’s been offered. Having already looked a little light in wide areas last term, it’s certainly a concern heading into the 2018/19 campaign.

Of course, we may well turn down all of Newcastle’s advances going forward and look to close ranks around the group we’ve got but with under a month to go until the transfer window closes and almost no suggestion that we’re close to completing any incoming transfers, you do have to wonder about the size of our transfer budget.

One school of thought suggests that we’re setting aside £30 million for the potential purchase of Ruben Loftus-Cheek but with Chelsea having stated pretty firmly that they have no intention of selling him this summer, that would feel a tad silly to me.

In reality, we may have to sell to buy but would anyone really be happy to sell Townsend, knowing that we need to find a like for like replacement for less than the fee we receive from Newcastle? I for one am not comfortable with that prospect. Certain members of the squad can be looked upon as expendable but given his work-rate and regular place in our starting XI last season, I’m not sure I see Andros as one of them.

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4 Comments

  • Help July 10, 2018 - 6:18 am Reply

    Oh dear
    No Cabaye , more importantly no replacement
    No replacement for loftus cheek
    Benteke still at the club
    And Zaha not signing a contract
    We probably need a cb as cover as well unless last years signing is now ready
    I’m hoping for good news soon only 30 days left and our tactic of signing players late leaves much to be desired unlike west ham who are organised quicker .

  • Mike Lyon July 10, 2018 - 7:30 am Reply

    Personally I think Riedewald (Cabaye’s replacement ) and Schlupp (RLC’s replacement) are going to come to the fore this season, and Benteke can’t be as bad as last season (and at least we have a fit Wickham, Sorloth and even Daly this season)…but we still need squad depth (are Puncheon, Kirby and Dreher going to be enough in midfield cover)

    BUT Townsend is an integral part of the team…. losing him is a big deal. I’d be surprised if Zaha goes this season despite the fluff in the press/internet. Losing both would be a disaster though

  • terence carter July 10, 2018 - 10:04 am Reply

    sheer madness,do u really sell one of your better players.especially as usual no replacements in sight.like the tories a complete mess.see somethings don,t change.

  • ee signing July 10, 2018 - 2:08 pm Reply

    Worrying ourt two main wingers being targetted at the same time. Hope Parish has all his eggs in place on this one

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