Liverpool ready to trigger release clause of Premier League ace - report
By Harvey Byrne
Andros Townsend’s release clause at Newcastle has caught the attention of Liverpool as they weigh up whether to make a bid for the player, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim the England international’s £10.5million release clause has made him an attractive proposition for a host of clubs.
Liverpool are said to favour a move for the more costly Southampton winger Sadio Mane but if they fail to land him then Townsend could be a possibility at his relatively low price.
Manchester City, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Southampton have also shown an interest in Townsend, but the 24-year-old is prepared to wait to find out all his options before making a decision on his future.
Townsend was included in England’s provisional 26-man squad for Euro 2016, but missed out on a place in the final 23, despite a fine international record of three goals from 10 appearances.
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After joining Newcastle from Tottenham for £12million in January, the English midfielder went on to make 13 Premier League appearances for the Magpies, scoring four goals.
Newcastle are desperate to keep Townsend and are willing to increase his £55,000-a-week wages if he turns his back on an instant return to the Premier League.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Merseysiders have tabled a £35million bid for a Euro 2016 playmaker.