If you have been reading the media in between World Cup matches, a move for Andros Townsend back to Newcastle United appeared to be only a matter of time.
However, Roy Hodgson has rubbished those claims.
The Crystal Palace boss declaring ‘We are not a selling club at the moment, far from it.’
As for the former Newcastle winger in particular, Hodgson has stated: ‘Andros Townsend has got three years on his contract and we have no interest at all in selling Andros Townsend.’
The one-time England manager says he isn’t surprised that Newcastle and other clubs would like to sign Andros Townsend but that he feels the same about many players at other clubs, he might want to sign them but understand those clubs don’t want to sell their best players either.
As transfer squashing reports go, Roy Hodgson’s words are surely as clear as he could wish to hear.
Where this leaves Newcastle United and supposed interest in the winger is anybody’s guess.
The claims of NUFC interest had suggested that West Ham landing Yarmolenko for £17m, meant that now Michail Antonio would be allowed to join Palace for around that figure, which then would ultimately mean Newcastle signing Townsend and Ritchie moving onto Stoke City.
Maybe there is still a chance if Palace do sign targets but from what Hodgson says, it sounds very dubious as to whether Newcastle ever stood the faintest chance of buying Andros Townsend.
That chain of claimed events never really stood up totally to scrutiny, when you take into account Townsend was one of Hodgson’s better players last season. The winger was available for 37 of Palace’s Premier League matches last season and started 35 of them, coming on as a sub in one of the two where he started on the bench.
Roy Hodgson speaking to Football.London:
“There can be as much speculation as you like….Andros Townsend has got three years on his contract, and we have no interest at all in selling Andros Townsend.
“I am not surprised that other clubs would be interested (in Andros Townsend), and there are players at other clubs who aren’t for sale that I wouldn’t mind, but we are not selling players.
“We are not a selling club at the moment, far from it.
“We are working very hard to keep the players we have got, players of big importance, and Zaha and Townsend are right up there as players we want to keep.
“And speculation can continue, the fun can continue if people want to read it, but I have no interest in it.”