Palace in ‘advanced talks’ to sign Saints target Armstrong

Date published: Thursday 5th August 2021 5:26 - Lewis Oldham

Adam Armstrong

According to reports, Crystal Palace are in “advanced talks” to sign Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong, who is valued at around £20m.

Palace have appointed Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as their new manager and they have been busy in the transfer market already this summer.

Marc Guehi has signed from Chelsea for around £20m, while Joachim Anderson – who was on loan at Fulham last season – has joined from Lyon for £15m.

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Michael Olise has also made the move to Selhurst Park from Reading, while Remi Matthews has signed on a free transfer from Sunderland. They are now looking to add a new striker to their ranks.

It was reported last month that Southampton were favourites to sign the striker, who scored 28 goals in 40 games last term.

But Sky Sports are reporting that Crystal Palace are now in “advanced talks” to sign Armstrong.

The report states that Crystal Palace and Southampton have not met Blackburn’s £20m asking price yet.

The Saints are “looking into alternative options”, while Palace “remain strongly interested” in signing the forward.

Elsewhere, Vieira has been discussing the future of Palace striker Wilfried Zaha:

“I’m aware about Wilfried [Zaha, his situation] in the last couple of years but we had a really good conversation and I’m looking forward to working with him,” Vieira said.

“He’s one of the most talented players in this league and we don’t want to lose one of our best players.

“All the players are smart enough to see what the club is trying to build and where the club want to go – we’ve made some really exciting young player signings and I think that shows the direction the football club wants to take.

“I hope Wilfried will be part of that and I am looking forward to working with him and trying to take Palace as high as we can.

“We believe we have a good squad but at the same time we have to realise some of the players will need time to express themselves at this level.

“We can be excited about the young, talented players that we are developing but we need to manage expectations.”

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