EPL: Crystal Palace sign Andres Townsend and sell Dwight Gayle to Newcastle
Crystal Palace and Newcastle United traded players on Friday, with winger Andros Townsend moving to London for 13 million pounds ($17.3 million) and striker Dwight Gayle joining the recently relegated club for 10 million pounds.football Updated: Jul 01, 2016 21:37 IST
Crystal Palace and Newcastle United traded players on Friday, with winger Andros Townsend moving to London for 13 million pounds ($17.3 million) and striker Dwight Gayle joining the recently relegated club for 10 million pounds.
Palace also announced the signing of French goalkeeper Steve Mandanda on a free transfer from Olympique Marseille.
Townsend, who just missed out on inclusion in England’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016, has signed a five-year deal at Selhurst Park, the London club said.
The 25-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur winger only signed for Newcastle last January in a bid to secure regular first-team football and save the club from relegation from the Premier League.
Townsend scored four goals in his 13 appearances at St James’ Park.
“It was a pretty easy decision to choose Crystal Palace because of the direction they’re heading,” he told the Crystal Palace website.
“They play a system that suits wingers and you only need to look at Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon to see how they’ve excelled and how influential they are for Palace. I want to be a part of that and help this club reach its potential.”
Gayle, 25, has signed a five-year deal. He has been Palace’s top scorer for the past three seasons, netting 25 times despite finding his first-team opportunities restricted at Selhurst Park.
He is Rafa Benitez’s second signing this summer, following the arrival of Gent goalkeeper Matz Sels.
Marseille’s French international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda also signed a three-year deal with Crystal Palace, both clubs announced on Friday.
France’s number two keeper arrives in England after nine years in southern France where he won the Ligue 1 title in 2010 and three League Cup titles.
Mandanda, who remains with the national team squad for Euro 2016, will move to London for an undisclosed fee after passing a medical.
“I’m delighted that we have been able to bring Steve into the club,” Palace chairman Parish told their official website.
“He brings a wealth of experience at both club and international level to us, and boasts a proven track record when it comes to winning trophies.”
Mandanda, who has 22 caps for France, moved to Marseille from Le Havre in 2008 and has played 443 matches for the club.