Report: Stoke City and Swansea also express interest in signing Newcastle's Andros Townsend

Andros Townsend celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

Stoke City and Swansea City have been linked with Andros Townsend.

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

According to The Sun, Stoke City and Swansea City are the latest sides to be linked with a move for Newcastle United’s coveted winger Andros Townsend.

The report names as many as six Premier League clubs interested in signing the Newcastle winger this summer, with his reported £12 million release clause expected to be activated.

Townsend only joined the Magpies from Tottenham Hotspur last January, yet his superb form on Tyneside coupled with the club’s relegation to the Championship makes him a popular transfer target.

Andros Townsend celebrates after scoring the first goal for NewcastleAndros Townsend celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

A recent report in the Mirror includes Watford, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Ham United as clubs interested in signing the winger this summer, and they’ve seemingly been joined by two more.

Stoke and Swansea are the latest linked with Townsend as per the report in The Sun, though as of yet there still hasn’t been a formal bid for the 24-year-old despite the probability of him leaving.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez will be keen to keep hold of his top player ahead of what is expected to be a tough Championship campaign, yet Townsend would without doubt be playing in a level below his ability.

Newcastle United's Andros Townsend applauds fans after the gameNewcastle United's Andros Townsend applauds fans after the game

The winger netted more goals for Newcastle in the second half of last season than he managed in the three previous years at White Hart Lane, earning calls for a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad.

However, Townsend didn’t make the cut to go to France, though he will be hopeful that another decent spell in the Premier League will see him return to the England fold under boss Roy Hodgson.

Both the Potters and the Swans would be an interesting choice for Townsend, though with so many opportunities available to him he may take his time to mull things over and evaluate the best option.

Newcastle United with manager Rafael Benitez shakes hands with Andros Townsend after the gameNewcastle United with manager Rafael Benitez shakes hands with Andros Townsend after the game

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