News today about Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend and we know that Newcastle have already enquired about the former Newcastle winger and were told he would cost at least £20M.
The Chronicle are now reporting that Palace manager Roy Hodgson is prepared to sell the 26-year-old this summer to help fund new players coming into the club.
Powerful winger Michail Antonio of West Ham is reported to be a likely replacement for Townsend at Palace.
Townsend is highly rated by Rafa Benitez who got the very best out of the 13 times capped England winger when he was at Newcastle for six months back in 2016 when we were relegated.
Andros Townsend with Rafa Benitez two years ago
The key to this deal is Newcastle get a reasonable price on Townsend, but it seems the player would be willing to join Newcastle again.
And even though he left us after our relegation and in our moment of need, Andros would be welcomed back by moist Newcastle fans.
He left on excellent terms with manager Benitez.
Rafa has kept in touch with Andros since he left and the working relationship between the two is an excellent one.
And Rafa understood why Andros wanted to leave Tyneside and he was even sympathetic with the player – although he wanted him to stay at Newcastle and help us get out of the Championship.
The key here is the transfer fee, and if we can get him for less than £20M, it could be a decent acquisition this summer.
Andros scored 4 goals in 13 appearances for Newcastle in early 2016, and he would fit in quickly if he returned to the club