Crystal Palace have been one of the more active teams in the transfer market thus far this summer.
In the past few days they agreed a €38m fee with Marseille for Michy Batshuayi (though they are set to lose out to Chelsea) and on the brink of signing goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from the same French side – and now they are also set to bolster their midfield.
The Guardian are today reporting that the Eagles have triggered the £13m release clause of Newcastle winger Andros Townsend, and will complete the deal within the next 48 hours.
A number of Premier League clubs, including Southampton and West Ham, had been interested in the England international (with tentative links to Man City and Liverpool also appearing) though Palace appear to have won the race for his signature.
The 24 year old joined Newcastle from Tottenham in a £12m deal in January, where he scored four goals in thirteen appearances in an impressive spell at St. James’ Park.
However, following their relegation to the Championship he was always likely to seek a move elsewhere for the good of his international career. Townsend made the preliminary 26 man England squad for Euro 2016, and many feel that he was unlucky to have been omitted from the final panel.
A move back to the Premier League will greatly enhance his chances of forcing his way into the next England manager’s plans, whomever that may be.
When the deal is finalised, Townsend will become Crystal Palaces’s record signing, eclipsing the £10m fee paid for Cabaye to Paris Saint-Gemain last summer.
That being said, that record could be shattered should they choose to pursue their interest in Liverpool striker Christian Benteke. The Belgian international is surplus to requirements at Anfield but any hope Palace might have had of negotiating a cut-price deal has been shattered by the news that Liverpool want to recoup £30m for the 25 year old.