Newcastle given chance of reunion with £20million winger

Fresh reports have emerged linking Crystal Palace midfielder Andros Townsend with a return to Newcastle United.

According to Chronicle Live, Newcastle have enquired about Townsend’s availability this summer, and it is believed that Palace are willing to sell for around £20m.

Townsend, 26, previously enjoyed a successful six-month spell on Tyneside in 2016, scoring four goals in 13 appearances. However, he left Newcastle for Palace following their relegation from the Premier League.

Rafael Benitez remains interested in working with Townsend again, and views him as an alternative to Kenedy, who was on loan at Newcastle from Chelsea last season.

Benitez had previously tried to take Townsend back to St. James’ Park last January, but the club weren’t prepared to meet Palace’s demands for a loan fee.

With Palace interested in West Ham’s Michail Antonio, Roy Hodgson’s side have a potential replacement for Townsend in line, meaning the former Tottenham man could be headed back to the North East.

Townsend has 13 caps for England at international level, the last of which came in 2016 and is under contract at Selhurst Park until 2021.