Newcastle have been heavily linked with a move for Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend all summer long but when questioned about the possibility of a switch yesterday evening, the wide man gave no indication of an imminent move.
Having now spent two seasons at Selhurst Park, Andros appears to be more than happy to stay put but with Rafa Benitez known to be a big fan of his following the time they spent together at St James’ Park when the Spaniard first arrived, rumours of a serious bid are refusing to go away.
The Magpies have now announced the return of Chelsea’s Kenedy on a season-long loan but talk of Matt Ritchie’s potential switch to Stoke City has kept Andros Townsend in the news cycle, regardless of the fact that the man himself is currently playing an active role in Palace’s pre-season tour of Scandinavia.
With Roy Hodgson admitting yesterday that he’d like to see the squad strengthened rather than weakened between now and the start of the season, I can’t imagine he’ll be too happy at the prospect of losing Townsend, given the amount of appearances he gave the former Spurs man throughout the last campaign. In tandem with Wilfried Zaha, Andros played a huge part in Palace’s counter-attacking set-up, leading me to think that Roy will fight tooth and nail to keep hold of him this summer, despite Newcastle’s intentions.
There has been talk of a move for West Ham’s Michail Antonio over the last 24 hours, possibly as a replacement for Townsend should it come to pass but with Bakary Sako having turned down a new deal in SE25, you’d like to think that we are merely looking to add Antonio to what we already have.
Our much discussed financial situation has led many to believe that the transfer pot is empty but for the sake of sanity, I’m hoping that we don’t have to part with Townsend given the other losses we’ve already suffered in midfield since May.
The man himself is clearly not straining at the leash to move on, ideally, the club won’t give him any reason to think otherwise between now and Deadline Day.