Three reasons Everton should hijack Stoke’s £15m bid for Andros Townsend

According to reports in The Sun, Stoke City are lining up a £15m bid for Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend as they look to find a replacement for Marko Arnautovic after the Austrian joined West Ham United last month.

The Sun says that Potters boss Mark Hughes is keen to bring the 26-year-old to the Britannia Stadium just a year after he joined the Eagles, when the south London outfit activated his £12m release clause at previous side Newcastle United following the Magpies’ relegation to the Championship.

The England international has been featuring in a wing-back role under new boss Frank de Boer during pre-season but Hughes would likely give him the opportunity to play further forward for Stoke, as Arnautovic did.

Meanwhile, Everton manager Ronald Koeman has already significantly strengthened his team this summer but the one out-and-out winger he has signed – Henry Onyekuru – immediately joined Anderlecht on a season-long loan deal.

Here are three reasons Everton should hijack Stoke’s bid to sign Townsend…