Newcastle should be wary of bringing back Andros Townsend following £18m reports

Kurt Zouma of Stoke City and Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace battle for possession during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Crystal Palace at Bet365 Stadium on May 5, 2018...

Newcastle United are reportedly keen on signing the Crystal Palace winger.

Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park on December 12, 2017 in London, England.

According to a report from the Sun, Newcastle are deep in talks with Crystal Palace, regarding the potential £18 million signing of Andros Townsend, but the Toon would be wise to proceed with caution.

The 26-year-old left Newcastle for Palace in the summer of 2016, for a fee believed to be worth in the region of £13 million, but he has hardly set the world alight at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace midfielder Andros Townsend (L) passes the ball as West Bromwich's Craig Dawson (R) defends during the third-place playoff match of the Premier League Asia Trophy football...

Townsend has chalked up just five goals and 16 assists in 79 appearances in all competitions for the Eagles thus far, so it is strange that the Magpies would want to bring him back to St James' Park, for £5 million more than they sold him for two years ago.

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Rafa Benitez is desperate to bring in some real quality in wide areas this summer, and is willing to sell Matt Ritchie to Stoke in order to fund a swoop for the Palace man, according to the Sun.

The wisdom behind Newcastle's potential move for Townsend will surely be questioned, however.

The 26-year-old struggled to impress during his time on Tyneside, and for the reported fee of £18 million, there would be even more pressure on him to succeed this time around.

Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England.

Despite today's inflated transfer fees, £18 million on a player with such a poor attacking output certainly seems rather extortionate, and although Townsend does possess undoubted ability, he has never showcased it on a consistent enough basis.

Newcastle's funds are tight this summer, and they should be looking elsewhere other than Selhurst Park in their quest for an established winger.

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