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Andros Townsend: 'The fans deserve a winning team'

Andros Townsend has posted this message on his Instagram account explaining his reasons for leaving Newcastle United.

The club confirmed today that the winger had signed for Crystal Palace for £13 million.

Townsend said: "I have made the decision to leave the club based purely on footballing reasons, with my wish to remain in the Premier League...the fans deserve a winning team and I fully expect to see the club promoted back to the Premier League."

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Newcastle United sign Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace.

The 25-year-old striker arrives at St. James' Park for an undisclosed fee and has put pen to paper on a five-year deal.

Dwight Gayle completes signing with Newcastle United. Credit: PA

Gayle began his professional career at Dagenham & Redbridge and spent time on loan at Bishop's Stortford and Peterborough United before joining the latter permanently in January 2013.

However, just six months later Palace made their move for the front man in a then-club record switch, and Gayle spent three seasons at Selhurst Park, finishing as the Eagles' top scorer in each of them and featuring in the 2016 FA Cup final at Wembley.

Gayle said:

It's a dream come true to be at a big club like this.

Newcastle has a massive fan base and a great history so it is amazing to be here.

I can't wait to get started, prove myself and score the goals that take us back up to the Premier League. It's where this Club belongs.

– Dwight Gayle

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez added:

Dwight is a great player, a proven goalscorer, and it is fantastic news that he has joined us.

He has a big personality, a lot of energy and pace. He is a good finisher also, so he will add goals to our squad, for sure

He knows English football well, too, and that is important in the Championship.

I am sure Dwight will want to prove he can make a big difference to our team and I am looking forward to working with him.

– Rafa Benitez

Crystal Palace signs Andros Townsend from Newcastle

Newcastle United have confirmed that winger Andros Townsend has signed for Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee.

Townsend joined the Magpies from Tottenham Hotspur in January, and made 13 appearances for the Club, scoring four goals.

Andros Townsend signs deal with Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley said:

Naturally we are very disappointed to lose Andros but we are bound by the terms of his contract.

Given our situation in January it was a condition of him joining that we included a buy-out clause.

However, I am sure now with Rafa as our manager we will not be in a position whereby we will need to agree to clauses of this nature in the future.

Despite Andros' departure today, we believe with the signings we have made this week we have strengthened the squad.

Rafa and I are working very well together and we are confident we are building a squad that will meet our objectives for the season ahead of us.

Finally, I would like to say Andros was a great professional during his time with us, who gave his all for the Club, and I wish him all the very best.

– Lee Charnley


Paul Gascoigne faces trial after denying racially-aggravated offence

Paul Gascoigne arriving at Dudley Magistrates Court on Wednesday Credit: PA

Former England football star Paul Gascoigne is to stand trial later this year after pleading not guilty to a racially-aggravated public order offence.

The former Newcastle, Tottenham and Rangers midfielder is alleged to have used "threatening or abusive words" towards a security guard during An Evening With Gazza show in Wolverhampton in November last year.

The 49-year-old ex-footballer, who lives in Dorset, was granted unconditional bail at Dudley Magistrates' Court until a trial on September 19.

Goalkeeper Matz Sels signs for Newcastle United

Matz Sels Credit: PA

Newcastle United have completed the signing of goalkeeper Matz Sels from Belgian side Gent.

The 24-year-old has signed a five-year deal at St. James' Park.

Sels - who won the Professional Goalkeeper of the Year award in Belgium at the end of last season - joined Gent from Lierse in January 2014, and went on to make 106 appearances in all competitions for De Buffalos.

After helping Gent to the Jupiler Pro League title in 2014/15, Sels was called up to the senior Belgium squad ahead of their qualifiers with Andorra and Israel in October 2015, having previously represented his country at every age group from under-17 to under-21 level.

He brings European experience with him to St. James' Park, having featured in the Champions League for Gent last season, and he arrives on Tyneside having kept 18 clean sheets during his final campaign at the Ghelamco Arena.

Rafa Benitez said:

I am really pleased to welcome Matz to the club. He's a fantastic goalkeeper and many top clubs have been interested in signing him.

Obviously we have injuries to Tim Krul and Rob Elliot which could be difficult for us in the first part of the season, so it was important to strengthen in this area to be sure we can make a strong start in the Championship.

– Rafa Benitez

Sels added:

I'm very pleased - I'm very happy to be here. In Belgium, Newcastle is a really big club, and that's why I chose Newcastle.

As soon as Newcastle showed their interest in me, and I spoke to the coach, Rafa Benitez, it was an easy decision to make.

– Matz Sels
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