Stoke want to sign Crystal Palace star Andros Townsend, according to reports.

Potters boss Mark Hughes sees Townsend as a perfect replacement for Marko Arnautovic, who joined West Ham earlier this summer.

Townsend, who can operate on the left or right wing, would provide competition to Ramadan Sobhi and Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Eagles signed the England international in a £12m deal from Newcastle last summer, and he was an ever-present in the team.

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Townsend, 26, has four years left to run on his Palace deal, so Stoke would have to pay big money to land him.

And the Sun reports that the Potters are prepared to offer £15m for the winger’s services.

However, Townsend has featured regularly for new Eagles boss Frank de Boer and the club have no intention of selling one of their best players.