According to the Chronicle, Newcastle are interested in re-signing Andros Townsend this summer.
The Crystal Palace winger is set to become a free agent as it stands, which is exactly the kind of player that Newcastle are targeting.
Unless there is a takeover, Newcastle’s summer transfer business will likely consist of free agents and loan deals.
That is why they are reportedly keen on adding Townsend, and his return would be a welcome one.
Townsend could have returned in 2017
Townsend’s time on Tyneside was far too short.
He joined the club in January 2016, as part of a recruitment drive to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
And while Townsend performed very well, the Magpies were unable to survive.
In an attempt to save his England hopes, Townsend left that summer for £13million to Crystal Palace.
But just months later, he was linked with a return. The Guardian reported in January 2017 that Townsend was keen on a move back to St James’ Park.
However, a deal never came to fruition, and Townsend has remained at Palace ever since.
Townsend could still do a job for Newcastle
Newcastle have some strong options out wide, but most want to play on the left.
Miguel Almiron is usually the man who gets stuck on the right, despite being the least suited.
But Townsend is more than comfortable on the right, and has made a career of cutting inside on his left foot and unleashing a shot.
He is set to turn 30 this summer, but still has a lot to offer in the Premier League. And hopefully that’s where we’ll be next season.
Townsend has scored once and provided four assists this season. Out of the entire Newcastle squad, only Callum Wilson has got more assists.
They say you should never go back, but Townsend is certainly a player worth revisiting.