By Adebayo Williams
Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Newcastle’s Andros Townsend and Marseille’s Steve Mandanda. The Eagles captured Townsend, the England international, on a five-year deal after he failed to help Newcastle remain in the Premier League. The London club had triggered his £13 million release clause. He joined the Magpies from Tottenham in January for £12 million and impressed with his performances, contributing four goals and two assists in 13 appearances.
In another sensational deal, the Eagles also captured Olympique Marseille’s French goalkeeper, Steve Mandanda. The Marseille veteran has signed a three-year deal with the Selhurst Park outfit. The club paid £1.5 million for the services of the goalkeeper. He will team up with fellow Frenchman, Yohann Cabaye after the European championships in France.
He will compete with Wayne Hennessey, Julian Speroni and Alex McCarthy for the No 1 spot next season. The 31-year-old made 443 appearances for Marseille during nine seasons at Stade Velodrome where he won one league title and three League Cups.