According to a report in The Guardian, Crystal Palace have triggered the release clause in Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend’s contract.
Palace are prepared to invest in their squad this summer, and they see Townsend as a potential addition.
The Eagles have had a £10.5 million bid for the England international accepted by Newcastle, and they are now free to enter discussions with the wide-man.
Newcastle are desperate to keep hold of Townsend, but are currently powerless to resist if he does believe a move to Selhurst Park would be good for him.
The Magpies are said to be confident of keeping hold of Townsend, but the promise of Premier League football may turn his head.
Townsend only joined Newcastle last January, and he was one of the North East side’s star players towards the back end of last campaign.
Townsend scored four goals for Rafael Benitez’s side, but he was unable to save them from the drop.
If Townsend does stay with Newcastle he will be a key player as they aim to earn immediate promotion from the Championship.