Crystal Palace have made their first signing of the summer with England winger Andros Townsend putting pen to paper on a five-year-deal for a fee of £13 million.
The 24-year-old arrives from Newcastle United where he spent the second half of the 2015/16 season having moved from Tottenham Hotspur in January, scoring four times in 13 appearances for the Magpies.
After making his move back to his native London official, Townsend said: “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.”
Chairman Steve Parish added: “It’s fantastic that we’ve managed to get a player of Andros’ quality into the Club. He has played in the Premier League for a number of years and represented England on many occasions and yet he’s still only 24-years-old.Andros is another exciting attacking talent that we have added to our ranks and I can’t wait to see him in a red and blue shirt in the very near future.”
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Having come through the ranks at Spurs, Townsend broke into their first-team in the 2010/11 campaign and after enjoying numerous loan spells in the Football League he went on to play a key role in Tottenham’s midfield, making 93 appearances in all competitions.
His form at White Hart Lane saw him win the first of 11 caps for the Three Lions in October 2013, scoring on his debut against Montenegro. He was named as part of Roy Hodgson’s provisional Euro 2016 squad earlier this summer but wasn’t selected in the 23 players who travelled to France for the tournament.