Townsend set for Crystal Palace move

Andros Townsend

Andros Townsend (right) scored four goals in 13 appearances for Newcastle

Newcastle winger Andros Townsend is set to sign for Crystal Palace for £13m after just five months on Tyneside.

The 24-year-old England international joined the Magpies for £12m in January from Tottenham, but they went on to be relegated from the Premier League.

Palace have triggered a release clause in Townsend’s contract, and he is set to sign a four-year deal on Friday.

Eagles forward Dwight Gayle is poised to move the other way in a deal thought to be worth about £10m.

And Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is close to signing Bournemouth midfielder Matt Ritchie in a £12m deal.

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