Hopes are now fading that Andros Townsend will make a January move to Tyneside for the second time in 12 months.

United spent £13m on the winger in January 2016 to try and help the club cling onto their place in the Premier League but a second deal to try and help NUFC back into that top tier, doesn’t now look likely.

Monday brought rumours of Newcastle targeting Swansea winger Modou Barrow, the first claims coming from the West Midlands in a Birmingham Mail report that Aston Villa were being challenged by the Magpies for the player.

Yet another player added to the rumour list but that was quickly followed by the Chronicle confirming that their information was that there was genuine interest.

Now both the Times and Telegraph have also reported that the Andros Townsend move is now almost certainly not happening, instead 24 year old Modou Barrow being seen as realistic alternative, at least in the short-term.

George Caulkin of The Times:

“At this stage, Townsend back to Newcastle United looks extremely unlikely.

“Not sure what the issue is but Barrow being looked at as an alternative.”

Luke Edwards of the Telegraph:

“Highly unlikely Townsend will be returning to Newcastle United this month.

“Looking elsewhere. Might be rekindled in the summer I suppose.”

With promotion far from guaranteed, it was widely reported that Newcastle wanted a loan for Townsend with then a permanent deal if promoted.

However, with Crystal Palace now in a desperate relegation battle and needing to raise funds now for new Manager Sam Allardyce to bring in his own players, it always looked a big stretch to believe that Palace would let somebody go out on loan at this point.

Modou Barrow on the other hand doesn’t fit into new Swansea boss Paul Clement’s plans and has a more buyer friendly £5m buyout clause, with even claims that Swansea could be open to an initial loan deal on the winger as well.

Rafa Benitez has always talked about having a range of options that he was targeting this month, a week to go now for the United boss to get any of them ‘over the line’.