Speculation intensified on Saturday morning that Andros Townsend will end up back at Newcastle this month.

The Guardian reporting that Rafa Benitez wants the player back as his top priority and that Sam Allardyce is happy to let the winger leave.

Elsewhere, it is also claimed that Andros Townsend himself is keen on a swift return to St James Park, as his career at Selhurst Park goes from bad to worse.

Signed by Alan Pardew as one of his star signing in the summer, the winger has seen the Manager sacked and a dismal personal effort of only one goal and one assist so far this season.

Swansea’s shock win at Anfield in the lunchtime game today, has finally seen Palace drop into the relegation zone.

Palace are at home to the blue half of Merseyside in a 3pm kick-off and Sam Allardyce has taken swift action and dropped Andros Townsend.

Fat Sam has picked the winger in all four of his previous Palace team selections but doesn’t appear to have any great belief in him, subbing Townsend on all four occasions as they have picked up only one point from 12 – today the winger is only one of seven named substitutes.

Newcastle are reported to want a loan deal initially, whilst Crystal Palace are said to be insisting on a permanent deal from the off.

With no guarantees at this point that Newcastle will be back in the Premier League come May, a compromise has been speculated, whereby a £3m instalment that is still due from Palace to Newcastle from the summer transfer, could be turned into a loan fee for Andros Townsend – with Newcastle then paying another £10m in the summer if promoted.

Only 10 days until the closure of the transfer window and we await Rafa’s first successful move.