Crystal Palace prepare to swoop for Newcastle’s Townsend – report

Andros Townsend: Signing for Palace

Andros Townsend: Signing for Palace

Crystal Palace are ready to swoop for Newcastle winger Andros Townsend, according to reports.

Palace and Alan Pardew are willing to meet the release clause in the Newcastle winger’s contract, according to the Sunday People who are part of the Mirror Group and the club’s media partner.

Palace will make their move this week giving Andros Townsend his first offer to leave Tyneside since relegation was confirmed and an immediate chance to stay in the Premier League.

Townsend, 24, who moved from Tottenham for £12million in January was impressive for Newcastle, starting 12 Premier League games and scoring four times and was in Roy Hodgson’s preliminary 26-man squad for Euro 2016.

The winger was unfortunately one of the three players axed by Hodgson, but his form for the Magpies was nonetheless excellent and Pardew is believed to be a big admirers.

The report claims that the release clause is £8million to trigger a move for Townsend, however it was recently revealed by the Telegraph that his buyout clause was closer to the £12million that Newcastle paid Spurs.

Whether the figure is £8million or £12million there will be no shortage of takers for the player, but the the fact that the latest news has emerged from an associate of the cluub’s official media partner surely adds more weight to the report.

Back in early March The Mirror reported that Newcastle had made an approach for Rafa Benitez and the Spaniard duly arrived on March 12.