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Newcastle, Crystal Palace discuss Andros Townsend, Chancel Mbemba swap deal - Sky sources

Chancel Mbemba
Image: Chancel Mbemba has not played for Newcastle since October

Newcastle and Crystal Palace are discussing a potential swap deal for Andros Townsend and Chancel Mbemba, Sky sources understand.

The Magpies are very keen to re-sign Townsend, who left them to join the Eagles last summer in a £13m deal, but Palace are reluctant to let him leave while they are in a relegation fight.

Newcastle are therefore exploring different options to make the deal happen and have offered Palace, who are in dire need of a new defenders, the chance to take Mbemba on loan.

Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace is challenged by Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane in August 2016
Image: Andros Townsend has made 27 appearances for Crystal Palace this term

Mbemba is currently away with DR Congo at the Africa Cup of Nations and has not played for Newcastle since October.

Palace recently took Chris Samba on trial and are in the process of signing left-back Patrick van Aanholt from Sunderland.

Newcastle, who also have an interest in Modou Barrow at Swansea, remain hopeful they can bring Townsend in on loan with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer.

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Townsend, who has 13 caps for England, initially joined Newcastle from Tottenham in a £12m deal in January 2016.

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