Andros Townsend reacts when asked about rumours of a Newcastle return

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.

Newcastle United are being linked with Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend.

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.

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has told Football.London that he is focused on his pre-season preparations, not rumours of a return to Newcastle United.

The Eagles landed Townsend from Newcastle in the summer of 2016, and after three goals and four assists in his first season, he notched two goals and seven assists last term.

Townsend has fared well at Selhurst Park, impressing back in London having briefly left in January 2016 to complete his move to Newcastle – and a return could be on the cards.

The winger was targeted by Newcastle in January 2017, and now The Telegraph report that the Magpies are again keen on signing Townsend if they sell Matt Ritchie to Stoke City.

Manager Rafael Benitez would no doubt love to reunite with Townsend, who hit four goals and two assists in 13 games for the Magpies, and quickly became a fan favourite on Tyneside.

It remains to be seen whether Newcastle can stump up a fee to convince Palace to sell Townsend, but with the Eagles looking towards West Ham United's Michail Antonio, a deal at least seems possible.

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.

Now, Townsend has told Football.London that he isn't focusing on the rumours of a return to St. James' Park, as he is focusing on pre-season with Palace – but didn't exactly commit his future to Roy Hodgson's men either.

“Of course, we are seasoned pros and we have been around the game for years," said Townsend. “Your name can be linked with other clubs every transfer window it seems, but you have just got to get on with it and focus on what you are doing for the club you are contracted to, until that changes. For me, I am just focusing on pre-season and trying to get some minutes under my belt in Sweden and Denmark,” he added.

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

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