Crystal Palace will offer Andros Townsend the opportunity to return straight to the Premier League next season as they prepare to trigger the wingers £8 million release clause.
According to the Mirror on Sunday Palace boss Alan Pardew is keen on the signature of Andros Townsend and are set to give the 24 -year-old a lift by offering him the chance to bounce straight back up and the chance to play top-flight football again next season.
Palace are set to trigger Townsend’s release clause of just £8 million which would mean Newcastle take a loss of £4 million in just six months.
Townsend fell out of favour at Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino and was granted a move to Newcastle in January for £12 million. Townsend certainly re-established his career but was unable to help Newcastle fight the relegation battle although he was one of their stand-out performers. The Magpies are now set to play Championship football next season for the first time since 2009-2010.
Palace had another underwhelming season finishing 15th, but they did have a day out at Wembley where they finished runners up losing 2 – 1 to Manchester United in the FA Cup final. They will look for a top half finish next season with Townsend firmly in their sights, the Newcastle man made just 12 league appearances for Newcastle scoring four goals. The pacey winger will certainly add much-needed skill and flair to Palace’s depleted squad and add strong competition to the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie. Townsend who played for Tottenham before his move scored 3 goals in 50 league games for Spurs but his abilities shown through earning him 11 International caps where he has scored three goals. Pardew is a known admirer and his pace on the wings would suit Palace’s system perfectly.
Newcastle know it will be hard to keep hold of their key players this summer with many players wanting to play in the top division. Rafa Benitez will remain as the Toons manager after signing a new contract despite relegation, but the former Real Madrid manager will not be able to keep hold of his main players if clubs come calling from the Premier League or abroad.
Townsend was a bright spark in Newcastle’s relegation and nearly got himself on the plane to France for the Euros after being announced in the provisional 26 man squad. Unfortunately he didn’t make the final cut and was sent home along with Fabian Delph and Danny Drinkwater.