Crystal Palace have made an enquiry about the availability of Newcastle United’s Chancel Mbemba, according to journalist George Caulkin.
Palace boss Sam Allardyce is attempting to strengthen his defence in order to avoid relegation from the Premier League, and is looking to bring the Congolese defender in on loan.
Mbemba has been limited to just eight appearances for the Magpies this season and is currently playing at the African Cup of Nations for the DR Congo.
The 22-year-old was signed from Anderlecht for £8.5m in July 2015, and featured regularly for Newcastle last term.
Caulkin also reported on his twitter account that Newcastle had enquired about bringing Andros Townsend back to St James’ Park on loan in return.
It has been reported that Rafa Benitez is keen on adding attacking players to his squad to bolster their promotion challenge.
The winger scored four goals in 13 appearances for Newcastle last season in the top flight.
Townsend left the Magpies for Palace in the summer following their relegation from the Premier League, but has struggled to make an impact since his move to London.
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