Football: Palace sign Townsend for £13m and sell Gayle to Newcastle for £10m

Andros Townsend applauds supporters on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United on May 7, 2016.
Andros Townsend applauds supporters on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United on May 7, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Crystal Palace and Newcastle traded players on Friday, with winger Andros Townsend moving to London for £13 million (S$23.3 million) and striker Dwight Gayle joining the recently relegated English Championship football club for £10 million.

Townsend, who only just missed out on inclusion in England's 23-man squad for Euro 2016, has signed a five-year deal at Selhurst Park, the Premier League club confirmed.

The 25-year-old former Tottenham winger only signed for Newcastle last January in a bid to secure regular first-team football and save the club from demotion.

Townsend scored four goals in his 13 appearances at St James' Park.

Gayle, who is also 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.

Veteran manager Barry Fry, who gave Gayle his break at Peterborough, acclaimed the signing. "It's a brilliant buy for Newcastle - honestly, the fans should be made up (very happy)," said Fry, who is Peterborough's director of football.

"He's the most natural striker of the ball I've ever seen - right foot, left foot, good in the air, he's got the lot."