Newcastle in talks with Crystal Palace over Andros Townsend transfer

 during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on March 5, 2018 in London, England.
Image: Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend is wanted by Newcastle

Newcastle United have held talks with Crystal Palace about the possible transfer of winger Andros Townsend, according to Sky sources.

Newcastle failed with an attempt to sign the 26-year-old during the January transfer window, but have now returned with a new bid to bring the winger back to St James' Park.

Townsend joined Newcastle from Tottenham in January 2016, but left to join Palace after the Eagles triggered his £13m release clause following the Magpies' relegation to the Championship at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Rafa Benitez is an admirer of Townsend, who scored four goals in 13 games during his six months under the Spaniard on Tyneside, and is keen to seal a deal for the player who has also been linked with Leicester City.

Rafa Benitez during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Image: Rafa Benitez is keen to bring Townsend back to Newcastle

Townsend played 39 games in all competitions for Palace and signed a five-year contract at Selhurst Park in July 2016.

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Newcastle have already been busy in the transfer market after completing the signing of South Korea international Ki Sung-yueng on a two-year deal from Swansea.

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