Report: Pardew planning move to land Newcastle's Andros Townsend, will pay release clause

Newcastle United's Andros Townsend applauds fans after the game

Crystal Palace are reportedly keen on Newcastle winger Andros Townsend.

Andros Townsend celebrates scoring the third goal for Newcastle United

According to The Mirror, Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is targeting a swoop on former club Newcastle, with Andros Townsend his target.

The Eagles suffered a dismal second half of the season, and manager Pardew must add to his squad this summer in order to avoid a poor start to next season.

Newcastle United's Andros Townsend applauds fans after the game

Pardew should have money to spend, and The Mirror report that he could look to use it on Andros Townsend, currently playing for Pardew's former club Newcastle United.

Townsend, 24, was frozen out at Tottenham Hotspur and decided to move to Newcastle in order to play some first-team football, and his move paid dividends.

Newcastle United's Andros Townsend looks dejected

The winger impressed on Tyneside, hitting four goals and two assists in just 12 games for the Magpies, earning a recall to the England squad - only to narrowly miss out on a place at Euro 2016.

Despite his personal success, Townsend suffered relegation with Newcastle and will be playing in the Championship next season, unless a club pays the £8m release clause in his contract.

England's Andros Townsend in action with Australia's Matt McKay

It's claimed that, despite having two top wingers in Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha in his ranks, Pardew wants to land Townsend for that £8m price and bring him back to London this summer.

Adding competition for Bolasie and Zaha may be a wise move from Pardew, but fans will be looking to see other areas of the squad strengthened, whilst Townsend may end up receiving other offers thanks to that release clause - or he could even choose to stay with Newcastle and help Rafael Benitez's men push for promotion next season.

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