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Report: Crystal Palace ready to trigger Townsend’s release clause

Recently relegated Andros Townsend could make an immediate return to the Premier League, with Crystal Palace set to trigger the Newcastle United forward’s £10.5-million release clause, according to the Guardian’s Dominic Fifield.

Townsend, who missed out on a spot in England‘s Euro 2016 squad, is expected to decide whether to accept the offer once he gets back from his vacation later this month.

The 24-year-old moved to Newcastle from Tottenham in a £12-million deal last January. He managed to score four goals in 13 appearances as the Magpies dropped to the Championship for the first time since 2009.

He would’ve been available for just £8 million to teams which finished in the top 10 of the Premier League if he had made England’s final 23-man squad, as outlined in his contract.

But his price is now £10.5 million, which would make him Palace’s club-record signing. The Selhurst Park outfit is reportedly offering wages close to £80,000 a week, similar to Yohan Cabaye‘s salary.

Newcastle could yet offer Townsend fresh terms, but it’s up to the player to decide whether the club has what it takes to return to the Premier League.

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