Newcastle United reportedly willing to sell Matt Ritchie; surely shows confidence in Andros Townsend chase

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...

Newcastle United are believed to be closing in on signing Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace.

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...

According to a report in the Northern Echo, Newcastle United are working on a deal to sign Andros Townsend, which could cost them £22 million.

Newcastle are said to be chasing the Crystal Palace winger, and their willingness to allow Matt Ritchie to go surely suggests that they are confident of wrapping up a deal sooner rather than later.

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Newcastle are reportedly set to agree to sanction Ritchie’s move to Stoke City for £15 million (Northern Echo), and offloading the winger would surely not have crossed Rafael Benitez’s mind unless incoming additions were on their way.

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.

Townsend appears to be Newcastle’s top target, with the Magpies close to agreeing a deal with Palace.

The Eagles had initially wanted £30 million for the England international, but Newcastle now feel that a bid of around £22 million would be enough to secure the deal.

Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace in action during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Ritchie’s departure from Newcastle is unlikely to be unanimously popular, as the Scot has played an important role in recent times at St. James’ Park.

However, Townsend signing would be a step forward for the Newcastle, and the winger would be hoping to pick up where he left off on Tyneside, if he does return.

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