Newcastle United must hope West Ham United sell Michail Antonio

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 said to be chasing a deal for Andros Townsend, and the sale of West Ham United's Michail Antonio could help.

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 the Chronicle, Newcastle United remain keen on signing Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace, despite bringing in Kenedy this week.

Newcastle are eager to bring Townsend to St. James’ Park for the second time in his career, but a deal is problematic right now.

Palace are demanding a significant fee for the winger, but they could come under pressure to sell, if Roy Hodgson gets his transfer wish.

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.

Palace are said by the Daily Mirror (live blog, 12:44) to be planning to pay £15 million for West Ham United’s Michail Antonio, and if the wide-man does arrive that could push Townsend closer to the exit door.

West Ham are understood to be willing to listen to offers for Antonio, although it is not yet clear whether Palace’s will be deemed acceptable.

Manchester City's Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi (C) vies with West Ham United's English midfielder Michail Antonio during the English Premier League football match between...

If Antonio does arrive at Palace then he will be in direct competition with Townsend for a first-team place, and that could making a move back to Newcastle look more appealing for the England international.

And Newcastle now have reason to hope that Palace can complete the capture of Antonio, as it could help them in the long-run.

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