Crystal Palace have ended talks with Newcastle over Andros Townsend.
According to a report in The Sun Palace wanted to sell the 25-year-old for £13m but Newcastle were only prepared to take Townsend on loan. The £13m fee is exactly what Palace paid Newcastle in the summer for the former England winger.
Townsend is keen to return to Newcastle but is powerless to do anything unless the two clubs can come to an agreement. As an added complication Palace are due to make a £3m payment to the summer deal this month.
Palace have been slow to bring in players this month and won’t allow Townsend to leave without bringing in a transfer fee.
Townsend moved to Newcastle last January but activated a relegation clause in his contract despite a relatively successful time in the north east.
Now it seems that Newcastle are reluctant to pay out another set of commissions and signing on fees without the cast iron certainty of Premier League football.