Newcastle United should switch attention to Snodgrass

Newcastle United should target West Ham United winger Robert Snodgrass if the club fail to land Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace.

What’s the word?

Judging by recent media reports, the Magpies are likely to be looking to sign a replacement for Matt Ritchie.

According to The Chronicle on Tuesday, Stoke City are determined to sign the Scotland international, but the North-East outfit are yet to accept a bid from the Potters.

The same report claims that manager Rafael Benitez is open to selling Ritchie for in excess of £15m in order to gain cash to buy either Chelsea winger Kenedy or Townsend.

One man who has not been touted as a potential target is Snodgrass, but he should be part of the conversation.

Why him?

If Ritchie is to leave, then Newcastle will need a like-for-like replacement, and they pretty much get that in terms of style with Snodgrass.

The Scotsman joined Aston Villa last season on loan, and in that time he made 43 appearances in the Championship and scored eight goals.

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Snodgrass is on West Ham’s books, and has been since January last year, but he failed to make an impression and was subsequently offloaded on a temporary basis.

Newcastle have more familiarity with Townsend having had him as part of their squad for half a season before they got relegated to the Championship in 2016.

However, Palace could demand a hefty figure for the winger, while West Ham may be more relaxed considering that he does not have a secure spot in the squad.