Andros Townsend is reportedly set to snub a potential Premier League return with Crystal Palace in favour of staying at Newcastle and helping them win promotion from the Championship.
The Daily Mirror claims England winger Townsend has told the relegated Magpies he is happy to remain at the club in talks with boss Rafa Benitez on Monday.
The news is a boost for Benitez, who has himself signed a new contract to stick with the Geordies in the second tier, as he plots to try to lead Newcastle back up to the Premier League at the first attempt next season.
Townsend joined from Tottenham in January and was a hit, scoring four times in 12 games for the doomed club to earn an England recall before he was cut from Roy Hodgson’s final squad for the Euros.
Crystal Palace were reported to have met the £12million release clause in his contract – offering the player an instant return to the top flight – but it is understood he has rejected the chance to speak with the Eagles in favour of staying with Newcastle.