Kevin Phillips: Andros Townsend would be 'Great coup' for West Brom
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Andros Townsend would be a “great coup” if West Brom manage to sign the free agent this summer, according to Kevin Phillips.
Townsend, 30, is without a club after his contract at Crystal Palace expired at the end of last season.
Speaking to talkSPORT earlier this week, the former Tottenham and Newcastle forward confirmed he’s close to joining a new club that’s north of the Watford Gap, who doesn’t have a British manager and who doesn’t play in red.
While there are plenty of clubs that description, the Baggies are one of them.
West Brom News has asked Phillips whether he thinks signing a player like Townsend is within Albion’s grasp.
And while he isn’t sure on Townsend wanting to join the Albion, he still feels the 13-times England international would be a top addition.
He said: “I’d be surprised if I’m honest.
“From the player’s point of view, he’s a London boy and has been in and around the capital for a while now.
“I’d be surprised, let’s put it that way, but if he was to sign for West Brom then it’d be a great coup for them.
“He would bring great experience and is a different kind of player if Matheus Pereira leaves.”
Townsend played 34 times in the Premier League for Crystal Palace last season, scoring one goal and supplying five assists.
He started 25 times for Roy Hodgson in the top-flight and it seems unlikely he’d be joining a club with prospects much better than Palace’s.
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