Crystal Palace set to ‘open contract talks’ with forward

Date published: Monday 26th October 2020 2:00 - Lewis Oldham

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Crystal Palace are set to begin talks for a new long-term contract for attacker Andros Townsend, according to reports.

Townsend made his way through Tottenham Hotspur’s youth team and he made his first league outing during the 2012/13 campaign.

He made 93 appearances in all competitions during his time at Spurs, as most of his time was spent on loan at different clubs. The forward had nine short-term spells away from the club between 2008 and 2013.

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After impressing in the Premier League with QPR, Townsend became a regular for Spurs between 2014 and 2016. He made 68 appearances for them in just two seasons, scoring eight goals.

But he fell down the pecking order during the 2015/16 campaign, and he joined Newcastle on a permanent deal in January 2016.

The 29-year-old enjoyed a successful end to the season on Tyneside, scoring four goals from just 13 outings. Yet his time at Newcastle came to an end that summer, as Palace activated his £13m release clause.

Townsend is now entering his fifth season at Selhurst Park. He has made 156 appearances for them, as he has scored 16 goals and he has provided 19 assists.

His current deal expires at the end of the season, and newly promoted West Brom tried to sign him during the summer.

Football insider have reported that Palace are now willing to offer Townsend a new long-term deal. This would ward off interest from other clubs, and it would potentially keep him at Palace until he retires.

Roy Hodgson will be keen to get this new deal over the line soon, as otherwise, they are at risk of losing him for a small fee in January.

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