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Newcastle and Leicester competing to sign Andros Townsend

Both Newcastle United and Leicester City are competing to sign Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend.

The 26-year old has already been the subject of an enquiry from Newcastle, according to The Guardian, who are ready to pay £20 million to re-sign the England international who moved from Tyneside to Palace back in the summer of 2016. However, they could now face competition from Leicester who wish to sign a replacement for Riyad Mahrez who is expected to join Manchester City shortly.

A graduate of Tottenham Hotspur’s academy, Townsend made 50 appearances for his home club, punctuated by a series of loan moves to the likes of Leyton Orient, Ipswich Town, Millwall and Birmingham. He was sold to Newcastle in January 2016 for £12 million, but only stayed their six months before transferring to Palace after the North-East side were relegated.

Townsend has won 13 international caps for England, scoring three goals in the process, although he has been out of favour since Gareth Southgate became national team manager.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.