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How some of Andros Townsend's big money predecessors fared with Newcastle United

Published 27/01/2016 | 18:46

Alan Shearer, left, and Laurent Robert were among the more successful of Newcastle's big-money signings
Alan Shearer, left, and Laurent Robert were among the more successful of Newcastle's big-money signings

Andros Townsend has become the latest big-money signing to accept Newcastle's offer of employment as head coach Steve McClaren rebuilds his squad.

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Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of his big-money predecessors and how they fared at St James' Park.


Signed from: Blackburn, £15million, July 1996

Newcastle paid Blackburn a then world-record fee to bring an exiled Geordie home, but their investment paid handsome dividends as Shearer went on to score an unsurpassed 206 goals for the club over a decade of loyal service.


Signed from: Paris St Germain, £10million, August 2001

Enigmatic winger Robert blended stunning brilliance with seeming indifference during his time on Tyneside, but is fondly remembered for his high-octane displays under Sir Bobby Robson.


Signed from: Deportivo la Coruna, £9.5million, August 2005

One of a series of expensive mistakes, Luque lasted just two seasons before leaving at a significant loss, although he did so having at least scored in a 4-1 derby victory at Sunderland.


Signed from: Real Madrid, £16million, August 2005

Owen left the Bernabeu Stadium for St James' Park for a new club-record fee as he attempted to keep himself in the frame for the England World Cup squad, but a succession of injuries, one of which required knee reconstruction, meant the Magpies never got the return they craved.


Signed from: Inter Milan, £10million, August 2006

Martins scored 35 goals in 104 appearances for the club after being signed by Glenn Roeder, but was one of those to leave during the cull which followed relegation at the end of the 2008-09 season.


Signed from: Deportivo la Coruna, £10.3million, August 2008

Coloccini endured a torrid first season in English football and suffered relegation at the end of it, and although he won over his critics during the subsequent promotion fight, a lack of consistency in recent seasons has seen his stock fall.


Signed from: PSV Eindhoven, £14.5million, July 2015

The stand-out success of Newcastle's summer recruitment drive, Wijnaldum is the club's leading scorer so far this season with nine goals, including four in a 6-2 Barclays Premier League victory over Norwich, and is revelling in the number 10 position.


Signed from: Anderlecht, £14.5million, July 2015

Mitrovic announced his arrival on Tyneside with a red card and two yellows in his first five games and has found goals tough to come by, especially in recent weeks when any addition to his four to date might have secured precious league points.


Signed from: Marseille, £12million, August 2015

Newcastle finally got their hands on Thauvin last summer after a lengthy pursuit, but the French winger has simply been unable to adapt to the pace and power of the Premier League.


Signed from: Swansea, £12million, January 2016

Shelvey had also been in the Magpies' sights for some time when he finally agreed a switch to St James', and he made an instant impact on debut, playing a part in both goals in a 2-1 victory over West Ham.

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