By Harry Sykes
Newcastle remain locked in Andros Townsend talks but their transfer pursuit is being held up because Crystal Palace wants two fees for the winger, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim the Selhurst Park outfit are holding out for a loan fee for Newcastle to take Townsend for the remainder of the season as well as the £13million release clause to be triggered in the summer.
It is said that Palace are keen to “bolt on the loan” charge to the transfer fee, which would mean the Championship club paying more than what they sold him for last summer.
The Chronicle report that Newcastle want to tie up an agreement for Townsend to join on loan with an option to sign him permanently at the end of the season.
With Townsend said to be keen on a return to St James’ Park and the opportunity to reunite with Rafael Benitez, there is a sense that a deal could still be sealed by Tuesday night’s deadline.
But negotiations to complete what would be one of the most sensational transfers of the month are expected to drag on into the final day of the January.
Palace signed Townsend last summer after activating the £13million release clause in his Newcastle contract just six months after he joined from Tottenham.
He has been a starter for most of his debut campaign but has recently been axed from the line-up by both new manager Sam Allardyce and his predecessor Alan Pardew.
Townsend has made 25 appearances in all competitions this season, 20 of which have been starts, but has scored only a single goal and supplied three assists.
The much-travelled wide man, who had 10 loan spell while at Spurs, could now be heading straight back to St James’ Park after being made aware of interest from Benitez.
There have been reports that Benitez will allow a centre-back to leave – either Chancel Mbemba or Grant Hanley – to free up space on the club’s wage bill for Townsend’s expensive return.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club have tabled a staggering club-record bid.