Report explains how Newcastle's Andros Townsend could be sold for just £8m

Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend has a relegation clause, according to reports.

According to the Mirror, Andros Townsend has a relegation clause inserted into his contract.

The report claims that Newcastle United agreed - upon his £12 million switch from Tottenham Hotspur - to a clause allowing the winger to leave for just £8 million if the Tyneside club end up being relegated.

Newcastle had monitored Townsend’s situation at Tottenham extensively and they made their intentions clear before January how they wished to add him to their ranks during the transfer window.

The deal hardly came as a surprise, yet the amount the Magpies paid for his services did throw up plenty of debate considering the club’s position in the Premier League table at that time.

And since Townsend, 24, and Jonjo Shelvey joined the club, the Magpies’ position has slowly deteriorated with the club now looking all-but certain to join Aston Villa in the Championship next season.

Six points separates Newcastle from safety, and they only have six games left to turn things around after Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Southampton.

Should Rafa Benitez’s side go down, the club can expect a large turnover in personnel during the summer and one player who could be of interest to a number of Premier League clubs is Townsend.

Buying him for such a large figure in the first place was a risk, but inserting a potential relegation release clause of just £8 million into his contract has left the club in a rather tricky spot.

Townsend has scored twice and added an assist in seven Premier League appearances for Newcastle, a fairly decent record which will have no trouble attracting suitors this summer.

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