Newcastle’s former player, Andros Townsend, is said to be the subject of interest from Premier League rivals, Leicester City.

The report, in the Daily Mirror, claims Brendan Rodgers will make a move for the former England international, who has just two years remaining on his Crystal Palace contract.

The Magpies have been linked on a number of occasions with trying to re-sign Townsend – who left following the club’s relegation to the Championship in 2016.

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The player is said to be valued at around £14 million, which is approximately the same amount Newcastle sold him for.

Although no Newcastle link has yet emerged this time around, we would hope that Newcastle’s ambitions – whether a takeover occurs or not – would be slightly higher than their former man now.

Looking to strengthen both wings this summer, Newcastle have been mentioned with an interest in both Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth, and Liverpool’s youngster Harry Wilson.

 

Alternative targets would be a better option for Newcastle

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Wilson, in particular, would be an exciting signing, and having shown a glimpse of what he is capable of during a loan spell at Derby, seeing him in a Newcastle shirt would be a mouth-watering prospect.

Both players would, arguably, represent a step-up from Townsend – in the long-term at least.

And with Miguel Almiron occupying a free role behind the strikers – another of Townsend’s preferred roles – that position is not up for grabs.

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So if rumours arrive of Newcastle showing interest in the Crystal Palace man, we would hope they are just mere speculation.

Many fans cannot forgive Townsend for what they saw as ‘bailing out’ following their demotion. And his desertion left a bitter taste in many supporters’ mouths, which they cannot easily get rid of.

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