Newcastle discussing Townsend return, Palace could get Mbemba

Discussions regarding a potential return for Andros Townsend to Newcastle United have started to involve a swap-deal including Chancel Mbemba, Sky Sports report.

What’s the word?

Andros Townsend hasn’t quite set the Premier League alight since moving from Newcastle United to Crystal Palace in a deal worth £13m last summer and Rafael Benitez’ side have been exploring the opportunity to bring the England international back to the North East.

Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace, who are fending off the threat of relegation, are not prepared to sanction a deal though due to their precarious position- despite the fact that Townsend hasn’t excelled in his 29 appearances so far this season.

Newcastle are considering other options to secure a deal, which could include a part-exchange with the Eagles, and the club are hopeful of bringing in Townsend on-loan with a view to a permanent deal this summer.

In the end though, it all comes down to Palace.

What are Newcastle offering?

Crystal Palace’s need for defensive reinforcements is clear for all to see and Newcastle are hanging a bit of bait into the water in the former of DR Congo international Chancel Mbemba, who hasn’t featured for Rafael Benitez’ side since October.

The 22-year-old has found opportunities limited on Tyneside and Newcastle are prepared to offer him as part of a deal to secure Townsend’s return- although it’s not mentioned whether this deal would be a loan or permanent.

The problem for Newcastle is that Palace have alternative defensive targets and may prefer to bolster their back-line without losing an attacking asset, although negotiations are likely to continue right up until tomorrow night’s deadline.