By Harry Sykes
Andros Townsend is reportedly keen to push through a stunning return to Newcastle before the transfer window slams shut, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim that the north-east club’s bid to prise Townsend from Crystal Palace just six months after selling him is still alive.
It is said that the England winger is “still interested in the move” following talks between the two clubs about what would be the most sensational transfer of the January window.
Palace signed Townsend last summer after activating the £13million release clause in his Newcastle contract just six months after he joined from Tottenham.
The much-travelled wide man, who had 10 loan spell while at Spurs, could now be heading straight back to St James’ Park after being made aware of interest from Rafael Benitez.
The Chronicle report that Newcastle’s pursuit of Townsend, 25, is “likely to go to the wire” as they continue to thrash out a deal with Palace before Tuesday’s 11pm cut-off.
Palace are holding out for a cash fee as they aim to break even on the transfer, while Newcastle would prefer a loan with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.
There have been reports that Benitez will allow a centre-back to leave – either Chancel Mbemba or Grant Hanley – to free up space on the club’s wage bill for Townsend’s expensive return.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club have tabled a staggering club-record bid.