Newcastle United have launched a £20million bid to sign Crystal Palace attacker Andros Townsend, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the Magpies have made the eight-figure offer to try re-sign the 26-year-old after his brief stint at St James’ Park in 2016.
It is understood that Palace will not sanction the winger’s exit at £20million and are hoping a bidding war now commences with Leicester City also keen on his signature.
Football Insider verdict:
Newcastle certainly need to improve their squad next season and particularly in wide areas following the exit of loan star Kenedy, but it seems highly unlikely they have forked out a club-record transfer sum for Townsend. The 13-time capped England international has proven he can be a real force in the Premier League and seems to have found a good home at Selhurst Park. He made 39 appearances across all competitions for Palace in the recent season, scoring two goals and supplying nine assists in return. The left-footed attacker is renowned for his pace and trickery, while he also has the versatility to play anywhere across the frontline. Townsend could certainly light up St James’ Park if he did return and his exit couldn’t be helped following the club’s relegation in the 2015/16 campaign. However, it would be a surprise to see Rafael Benitez’s side blow a huge chunk of their budget this summer on him.
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