Everton are closing in on a deal to sign Andros Townsend on a free transfer. The winger’s contract at Crystal Palace expired in June. Everton have been on the search for a winger with Demarai Gray a possible target. No deal has been struck with Bayer Leverkusen in this regard.

Townsend has worked with Rafa Benitez earlier at Newcastle in 2016. Unfortunately, the duo could not save the Magpies from relegation that season. Townsend had praised Everton for signing Rafa Benitez in June. with Everton in search of a winger, Townsend seems a perfect choice.

“I played under Rafa at Newcastle, so I know how good of a manager he is,” Andros Townsend said about Everton boss Rafa Benitez. “He’s good on the training pitch. He is always trying to work hard and he’s a good man as well. Good man-manager. So, taking out the rivalry, taking out the Liverpool-Everton. For on-pitch reasons, I think it’s a really good appointment.”

Andros Townsend spends the second half of the 2015/16 premier league season. Crystal palace then triggered his £13m release clause after the season ended. he has been with the south London club ever since making 185 appearances for the club. he has scored 16 goals for the club including a scintillating steik against Premier League champions manchester city. Prior to that, Townsend came through the youth ranks at Tottenham and went on various loans before joining the first team between 2013 and 2016.

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