Crystal Palace have become the first club to offer the correct amount to trigger the release clause for Andros Townsend, according to reports this morning.

Figures of between £8m and £12m have been put against the Newcastle winger’s release clause but The Guardian claim that their information is that the actual amount is £10.5m.

They report that Andros Townsend is one of three players Palace hope to tie up quickly, with Marseille pair Michy Batshuayi and Steve Mandanda also in their sights.

The Guardian say that a fee of around £32m has been agreed with Marseille for the Belgian striker who scored this week against Hungary to help his country into the Euros quarter finals, Batshuayi being one of the names Newcastle were regularly linked with before relegation came along.

In contrast, goalkeeper Mandanda is available on a free if agreement can be reached with Alan Pardew’s club.

Andros Townsend is said to be considering Palace’s offer but as always with the transfer stories, you are never sure what to believe.

What is for certain is that even if Townsend’s release clause is at the upper £12m end of the estimates, it will be no barrier to clubs looking to spend this summer, evidenced by the claimed offer for Batshuayi and other deals that have already been agreed elsewhere since last season ended.

In early June Andros Townsend was said to have met Rafa Benitez for talks and an offer of a new improved contract had been made, in return for the removal of the transfer trigger clause. After reports that those talks had gone well, we have heard nothing more.

Easily Newcastle’s most creative player, Andros Townsend has only talked positively about staying on for the upcoming Championship season but we wait to see what happens.

Pessimists would think that the very fact this trigger clause was inserted in the first place, means that thoughts of leaving if relegation happened were already in the player’s mind.

Even if that was the case, hopefully the welcome he has received on Tyneside after being unwanted for so long at Tottenham, will help convince Townsend to at least give it one more year in the hope of an instant Premier League return.