Newcastle make final Townsend push, Benitez demands price is met

Rafael Benitez is putting his foot down on Tyneside this Deadline Day as his Newcastle United side make a last-ditch attempt to bring Andros Townsend back to the club, The Daily Mail reports.

What’s the word?

Only leaving Tyneside in the summer, Newcastle United are desperately trying to bring Andros Townsend back to the North East and Rafael Benitez is demanding that the club’s hierarchy offer the £15m Crystal Palace are seeking.

Townsend has struggled to make an impression in South London and has been pursued by Newcastle throughout the January window, with Benitez frustrated that he’s still trying to force through a deal on Deadline Day.

With hours remaining in the transfer window, Newcastle will be boosted by the fact Townsend is keen on a return but Palace are proving to be shrewd negotiators.

What do Palace want?

Sam Allardyce’s side are looking to make a profit on the £15m they paid the Magpies for his services in the summer; demanding a £2m loan fee, that would secure a deal until the end of the season, and a permanent purchase option of £13m.

With Newcastle making a profit in the summer, whilst strengthening their side, Benitez wants to dip into his transfer kitty to secure a deal today and will be furious if Mike Ashley fails to cough-up for his top-target.

Crystal Palace are also looking to strengthen their ranks on the final day of the transfer window so it means all parties are open to a move, with only the price standing as the sticking point right now.