By Dominic Toner
Newcastle are set to miss out on signing Andros Townsend, according to a reliable journalist.
The Mail claimed on Sunday that Newcastle and Crystal Palace were “continuing negotiations” over a proposed deal for Townsend to re-join the Magpies in January.
However, Daily Telegraph correspondent Luke Edwards revealed on his personal Twitter account that it is “highly unlikely” Townsend will complete a move to St James’ Park in January, but could potentially return for him in the summer.
Highly unlikely Townsend will be returning to #nufc this month. Looking elsewhere. Might be rekindled in the summer I suppose
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) January 23, 2017
Townsend has endured a frustrating season at Selhurt Park and scored just one goal in 24 appearances.
The 25-year-old is now trying to impress manager Sam Allardyce, but his position in the first-team is coming under threat.
Palace recently signed wide man Jeff Schlupp from Leicester for £12million and they also have Wilfried Zaha and Jason Puncheon fighting for a position.
Rafael Benitez may have been looking to add some extra quality to his squad in January, but they are still at the top of the Championship table and nine points clear of third.
Football Insider verdict:
Newcastle’s pursuit of Townsend was always unlikely to succeed as it would mean the player dropping down into the Championship. The Magpies should consider a move for him in the summer if they can achieve promotion back to the top-flight at the first attempt. Benitez’s side should still have enough quality to secure automatic promotion as they heavily invested at the beginning of the season. Townsend has been in disappointing form this campaign and needs to recapture his best form at Palace if they are to escape their relegation battle. The England international is blessed with great talent, but needs to start performing on a regular basis.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club are set to submit an offer for a Premier League attacker.