By Amir Mir
Newcastle’s bid to secure a deal for Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has advanced – and fans on Twitter are desperately hoping the deal gets pushed over the line.
The Mail claim the two clubs are “continuing negotiations” over a proposed deal for Townsend to re-join the Magpies this month.
It is said that Townsend is “open” to a second spell at Newcastle but would initially prefer a loan move until the end of the season.
A return to St James’ Park would seal a shock transfer for Rafa Benitez’ side because the England international only left the club for a fee of £13million six months ago.
Back then Townsend stated that playing top-flight football was crucial to him getting back in the England reckoning.
However, his form has dipped at Selhurst Park, but Magpies fans on social media would still be pleased to see him make a return.
One supporter even predicted what Benitez’ starting line-up would be if Townsend arrives at the Championship leaders.
Another fan expressed that with the rumours building up, he is now beginning to believe that the deal for Townsend might happen.
Another supporter stated that he cannot see any negatives in Townsend returning to the north east.
Townsend has scored just one goal all season as his current side sit in the relegation zone with former Magpies boss Sam Allardyce in charge.
Overall, the Newcastle faithful were pretty clear that they were happy to see Townsend return to the club, but were wondering how much it would cost them.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
If Townsend comes back and gets a game would that be definitive proof of how very, very bad both Pardew and Allardyce really are??? #NUFC
— NUFC News Round-Up (@OldGeordieGeezr) January 23, 2017
Townsend on the left, Ritchie on the right, Shelvey and McCarthy (hopefully) in the middle, good PL midfield there never mind Champ
— Stephen Howlett (@Stephen_Howlett) January 23, 2017
he wants to come, unfortunately he doesn't have a clause though
— Matthew (@JB4t00n) January 23, 2017
if we get him would that be it for us in this window
— barrett878 (@markbarrett4) January 23, 2017
Fail to see any negatives in Andros Townsend’s potential return to #nufc.Can play left or right-as can Ritchie.Would offer great flexibility
— Dan Sheridan (@dansheridan) January 23, 2017
I actually think we might get townsend back ! #nufc
— The_FM_Project (@The_FM_Project) January 23, 2017
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