By Russell Edge

11th Oct, 2017 | 7:10pm

Newcastle would finish in top 8 if they re-signed reportedly available attacker in January

COMMENT by Russell Edge

Newcastle United should take Leicester City head on and make a move for former winger Andros Townsend this January.

The Mirror claim on their website that Crystal Palace may be willing to offer the pacey attacker to the Foxes as they look to raise transfer funds for a new striker, having yet to find the back of the net in the league this season.

It is reported by the Sun that Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare would be keen on securing a deal if it was in the region of £10million, but it should be Rafael Benitez who is swooping in for his former star.

Townsend was brought to Tyneside in the winter of 2016, as the club looked to fend off the threat of relegation.

However, despite a series of shining performances, the former Tottenham man was unable to help the Magpies remain in the top flight, and abandoned their Championship battle to join the Eagles after a mere six month stint in the north east.

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He made 13 appearances for the club, scoring four times and chipping in with a further two assists, and a return to St James’ Park would see him fighting for a top eight place rather than a relegation fight, as Palace are suffering this season.

While Newcastle have a number of wingers on their books already, none possess the versatility of Townsend, who is as strong on his left foot as he is his right.

That makes him a real danger to the opposition, and would allow him to fill the role of a number 10, something the Magpies have been lacking so far this season despite Ayoze Perez’s best efforts.

He showed his true potential under Benitez, something he has failed to do in north London, and with a World Cup around the corner, a winter move is his only way of making a late surge to add to his 13 international caps in Russia.

The Magpies meanwhile would be getting a player who would guarantee them a top eight finish, acting as the missing link between midfield and attack that the Magpies have been desperate for this campaign.

In other Newcastle United news, Michael Owen has admitted his surprise as he made his prediction for the Magpies’ clash against Southampton.

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