Reports this morning suggest that Newcastle winger Andros Townsend could be a summer transfer target for Crystal Palace, should the Magpies drop out of the Premier League in May.
Here are the details of Palace’s supposed interest in Newcastle’s £10 million man. Given the source of the story, it’s almost certain that the club are extremely keen to pursue a deal for him this summer.
The former Tottenham man has scored twice since making the move to Tyneside during the January transfer window but looks powerless alongside fellow recruit Jonjo Shelvey, to halt Newcastle’s march towards the Championship.
With Mike Ashley and co. no doubt concerned about the astronomical wage-bill they will be forced to foot should they keep all of their top earners at the club following relegation, a move for Tonwsend could make a great deal of sense for all parties.
Whilst both Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha are looked upon as obvious first-team starters as things stand, the potential arrival of Townsend would undoubtedly offer a degree of competition on the flanks, with the goal threat offered by the England international no doubt looked upon by Alan Pardew as a worthwhile byproduct of bringing him into the fold at Selhurst Park.
The report attached above offers an insight into the low figure Palace will be able to pick Townsend up for, should they indeed follow through with their interest when this summer’s transfer window opens, allowing for the reality of life in English football’s second tier to sink into the minds of those who wield the financial power behind the scenes at St James’ Park.
As we’re sure you’re aware, the source of this story have an extremely solid record when it comes to reports over Palace’s transfer dealings, leading us to believe that a move for Townsend could well be on the cards if Newcastle do indeed fall through the Premier League trapdoor.
Would you be happy to see him in red and blue next season?