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