Newcastle interested in deal for £15m man - reports

Rafa Benitez is keen to reunited with Andros Townsend
Rafa Benitez is keen to reunited with Andros Townsend

Newcastle United are interested in a deal to bring Andros Townsend back to St James's Park.

Reports in London suggest that Rafa Benitez is keen to be reunited with the winger, who he thought highly of during his time on Tyneside.

Townsend was signed by previous manager Steve McClaren but excelled under Benitez as he put in a number of eye-catching performances.

But his efforts weren't enough to keep Newcastle in the Premier League and, having triggered a £15m release clause in his contract, Crystal Palace swooped to sign the former Tottenham man.

The 26-year-old made 36 league appearances for Palace last season, netting twice.

And with Newcastle now re-established in the top flight, Benitez is seemingly keen to bring Townsend back to the North East.