Looks like we’ll be seeing more of Andros Townsend in the Premier League after all! Just six months after transferring from Spurs to Newcastle United, Townsend has moved back to London, this time as a member of Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace. The signing is Palace’s first of the summer transfer window.
The fee taking Townsend from now-relegated Newcastle to Palace is £13m, meaning Toon actually made a profit of £1m on Townsend’s sale; Spurs sold him for a fee thought to be £12m back in January 2016. In addition, Palace are also sending striker Dwight Gayle to Newcastle for a fee of approximately £10m.
Townsend expressed his pleasure in playing for Alan Pardew in quotes on Crystal Palace’s website:
"I'm extremely delighted. I had chats with the manager and chairman before I signed and I'm pleased to a part of Crystal Palace's future. By the sounds of things it's going to be a bright one and I can't wait to get started."
While Townsend is no longer a Spurs player, he came up through Tottenham’s academy and was one of the first academy products to break through into Spurs’ first team since Ledley King. While he never really found a role in Tottenham’s starting 11 under Mauricio Pochettino, he did well enough to earn a few senior England caps under Roy Hodgson and is still a beloved figure by many Spurs supporters.