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Crystal Palace aiming gutting raid on Newcastle United, ambition could prove key



Crystal Palace have emerged as the front runners to sign Andros Townsend from recently relegated Newcastle United, according to the Guardian

The England International only joined Newcastle in January and his five month-spell with the club looks to be coming to an abrupt end following their relegation into the Championship.

Palace boss Alan Pardew, who had a lengthy spell in charge of the North East giants, is looking to strengthen his squad over the summer and the 24-year old is an inviting prospect for the Premier League side.

After the Magpies’ relegation at the end of last season, they knew how hard it would be for them to keep big name players, especially one who harbours realistic aspirations of making the England squad.

What makes things worse for the Toon Army is that they are reportedly set to lose around £1.5m if the former Spurs ace is to leave St James’ Park.

His £12m transfer fee in January seems to have backfired even further as it will only cost the Eagles as much as £10.5m to trigger his release clause on Tyneside.

After making over 50 appearances in the top flight of English football, teams in the Premier League will certainly be monitoring Townsend’s situation closely as he provides good experience of the Premier League at the age of just 24.

Now, with Palace emerging the front runners for the winger’s signature, it has certainly has to be said that his time at St James’ Park will not continue for much longer.

Could Townsend use a season in the Championship? 

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