Three reasons Newcastle 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 for a replacement for Marko Arnautovic after the Austrian joined West Ham United last month.

The 26-year-old only joined the Eagles a year ago after the south London outfit activated the wide-man’s £12m release clause following Newcastle United’s relegation to the Championship, according to The Sun, but now Potters boss Mark Hughes is keen to bring him to the Britannia Stadium.

The England international struggled to make an instant impact at Selhurst Park but he impressed as the season went on, and has been featuring in a wing-back role under new boss Frank de Boer during pre-season.

Meanwhile, Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is looking to add to his squad ahead of their return to the Premier League to ensure that they aren’t involved in a relegation battle next term.

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