Sunday morning brings reports that Newcastle United are (allegedly) in talks with Crystal Palace to buy back Andros Townsend.

Thursday brought surprise news, from a media source that is usually very good (see below), that Newcastle were talking to two Championship clubs about the possible sale of Matt Ritchie.

That report from The Telegraph’s John Percy said that Newcastle were believed to be willing to trade if either Middlesbrough or Stoke would pay £15m.

Today’s story sees claims that Andros Townsend could be available for around £18m, more realistic than the £30m figures previously rumoured.

This follow up transfer tale is from The Sun (don’t shoot this messenger…), so not exactly the best media when it comes to their strikerate success on NUFC transfers,

However, I remember when there was previous talk of Andros Townsend coming back to St James Park, fans were fancying the idea of him on one side and Ritchie on the other.

So if there is any substance to these in and out transfer claims, I think Newcastle supporters would be asking why can’t we have both?

With so far no apparent attempt to sign Kenedy, Newcastle need a new winger/wide man anyway, as neither Atsu or Murphy can be seen as first eleven regulars at this moment in time.

So selling Ritchie to fund Andros Townsend would be more of a one step forward and most of one backwards.

Comparing the two, I think Townsend is a more attacking winger who can create something out of nothing, a little like Kenedy, whereas Ritchie is more of your dependable hard working winger/wide man who doesn’t really have the pace/trickery to unlock defences on a regular basis.

What we do know is that Ritchie is one of Newcastle’s better players, so always risky to trade in any of them.

Hopefully we well see (incoming) transfer business pick up after Ki Sung-Yueng’s arrival on Friday.

The Mag – 28 June 2018:

It might take some believing for many Newcastle United fans but the club have been in talks with two clubs to sell Matt Ritchie.

If this was from usual ‘sources’ then it would be easy to dismiss but the story comes from John Percy at The Telegraph and he has a very good record with his information on both transfer and other stories, including past ones regarding Newcastle United.

He states as fact that Newcastle have held talks with both Stoke and Middlesbrough regarding the sale of Matt Ritchie.

Percy states that Newcastle are considering letting the winger go if one of them is willing to pay £15m.

It would be a shock departure for NUFC fans and the presumption would surely be that a sale would only happen IF Rafa Benitez was happy for it to take place and IF he believed he would get that cash and be able to use it towards his own targets.

John Percy says Bournemouth are also interested in taking Matt Ritchie back and indeed a story in recent days claimed a possible swap deal could be on for Cherries striker Josh King.

Championship clubs are flexing their financial muscles these days and last summer Wolves paid £16m for a player, whilst Middlesbrough shelled out £15m on striker Britt Assombalonga.

Matt Ritchie turns 29 in September so bean counters would maybe see £15m as a good price to sell at but as always, it depends on what then happens to the money at Newcastle United.

Easy to see why Championship clubs would fancy taking him, as when Bournemouth got promotion in 2014/15 the winger got 15 goals and 17 assists, whilst with Newcastle it was 12 goals and 7 assists in 2016/17.

Stoke and Middlesbrough have, unlike Newcastle, already been spending relatively significant money and this coming season the two clubs will receive significant parachute payments – Stoke will bank over £41m and Boro just over £34m.

As for Rafa Benitez, John Percy says that he ‘open-minded’ about letting Matt Ritchie go and that it will revolve around what he feels is needs in terms of signing priorities for himself.

It is worth pointing out that whilst Ritchie is popular with Newcastle fans, in the top tier with Bournemouth his figures dropped to 4 goals and 6 assists and then 3 goals and 5 assists for Newcastle in the Premier League last season.

  • Shields Mag

    It’s in the Sun therefore I would be very surprised if any truth in it.

  • Paul Patterson

    Keep Ritchie AND buy Townsend. We need a squad, not just one player in each position . .

    • Clarko

      Which is why we have Murphy.

      • Paul Patterson

        For which wing?

        • Clarko

          The right…

          • Paul Patterson

            So can we not play Townsend on the left or have him as back up for the right? With Murphy floating in and out? By the way, I’d prefer kenedy.

          • Clarko

            Like you said, you’d prefer Kenedy. It’s obvious the plan is to “swap” Ritchie for Townsend and then buy Kenedy.

          • Paul Patterson

            Oooh, do you know something . . ?

          • Clarko

            Yeah, that the plan is to swap Ritchie for Townsend and buy Kenedy 😂

  • Dillon Tovak

    Replacing Merino with Ki and Ritchie with Townsend is treading water, not exactly a sign we’ll do any better than last year. Possibly even downgrades imo.

    • mentalman

      Townsend is an upgrade on ritchie

      • Dillon Tovak

        Well I kind of agree, but I think having a grafter in front of Yedlin is good for the team.
        I do rate Andros highly though, whack him on the other side and now we’re talking.

        • mentalman

          I was highly critical of yedlin last season and still think rb is a position we need to strengthen, however i don’t think he was helped by ritchie being unwilling or unable to track back as much as he should have

  • mentalman

    Even if we had both left wing would be an issue as they both play better on the right.

    • Clarko

      Which is why we are after Kenedy.

      • Jate Legend

        Clarko how are you so confident we are working on a deal for Kenedy mate?

        • Paul Patterson

          Hope he’s right . .

        • Clarko

          We just are, that’s the narrative, it’s just so incredibly obvious and that’s without the reports from all the relevant journalists (there was even a report today from Alan Nixon that the Kenedy deal was done). I don’t know that it will happen, but it is absolutley being worked on.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Wouldn’t it be great if we’d of trialled a great player on the left who improved the team but would take a bit of money to acquire?

      • mentalman

        Yes that sounds like something a proper club would do

        • panther

          and thats why we didnt do it

  • Alan Graham

    Why copy and paste an old article? You lot do it almost every article now. There was no real need

  • foggy

    Quincy Promes would be a better option.

    • Vodkamagpie

      Pione sisto would be a better option

  • Tino11

    Not sure I want Townsend, he manages to keep good form for about half a season (usually a month or 2 before the England squads are announced) then seems to have moments when he has given up a bit. But in saying that he is an improvement attacking wise than both Ritchie and Atsu, so if he is willing to put the effort in all season he would be an upgrade. However I don’t think Ritchie should leave, Murphy needs a season out on loan for a top end Championship Club and is not ready for a full season in the Prem. We need strength in depth, we were very lucky with injuries last season, we may not be this season. There is NO REAL REASON why this club cannot afford to but Townsend AND keep hold of Ritchie, the Club/Ashley is getting enough money to more than cover this seasons signings without selling off REGULAR first teamers.

  • Foggy

    I wonder how Ritchie feels about all this talk about offloading him to fund a move for a player who tends to disappear from games more often than not. If we get Townsend, maybe he’ll disappear for the same two thirds of a season that Perez does. Then where will we be?

  • Dingus

    Am I missing something? Is there a reason for Matt Ritchie seemingly being made available? Him on one side, Townsend on the other. With Atsu and Murphy back up. That’d be great!

  • Mike

    how old is townsend?