Andros Townsend is being offered the chance of am instant return to the Premier League according to media claims this morning.
Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew are willing to meet the release clause in the Newcastle winger’s contract, according to the club’s media partner.
The Sunday People (part of the Mirror group) say that their information is that Palace will make their move in the coming days, giving Andros Townsend his first offer to leave Tyneside since relegation was confirmed.
The report claims that the release clause is £8m to trigger a move for Townsend and this was a figure that was widely speculated in the media.
However, Luke Edwards at The Telegraph recently said that the price was more in the region of £12m, the price Newcastle paid Tottenham in January.
That figure seems more realistic but could well be no barrier to many of the 20 Premier League clubs with money to burn this summer, with the extra TV cash burning a hole in their pockets and the same small pool of players potentially good enough to play in the Premier League at a decent level of performance.
In our recent poll of thousands of Newcastle supporters, Andros Townsend was the player more fans wanted to retain than any other. When asked to choose 10 outfield players to retain, a massive 99% named the winger as one of them.
All of Townsend’s comments since relegation have been positive when talking about staying on at Newcastle, in contrast to the likes of Gini Wijnaldum who has given any number of interviews in recent weeks that haven’t convinced anybody that he intends to stay.
The most embarrassing interview being when Wijnaldum claimed to be still too traumatised by relegation to even think about where he might want to be next season.
Along with Mbemba and Lascelles, Andros Townsend is one of the trio of players who I personally would most like to see stay and Rafa Benitez build his team around.