Palace interested in £25m England Under-21s star

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Noni Madueke
Noni Madueke

Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in bringing PSV Eindhoven’s Noni Madueke to Selhurst Park this summer.

The winger made his debut for England U21s earlier this year and joined the Dutch club from Tottenham on a free transfer in 2018.

He was also part of the Palace youth setup before joining Spurs in 2014.

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Football Insider has claimed that the Eagles, as well as Leeds United and Borussia Dortmund, are keeping a very close eye on Madueke ahead of a potential move.

PSV were reported to be looking for £25million for the 19-year-old, but have lowered their asking price to £20m, which could potentially increase Palace’s interest.

Madueke made 24 Eredivisie appearances last season, only seven of which were starts, scoring seven goals and assisting four, which is an impressive tally.

Aidy Boothroyd has previously tipped the youngster to break through in a similar fashion to Manchester City’s Phil Foden.

The youngster could have an immediate impact on the Palace first team, whilst being one for the future if he is to be signed.

It was also reported earlier this year that Leicester City were interested in the PSV man, but a deal has failed to materialise.

Palace are still without a manager after Roy Hodgson left the club, but Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira is likely to be announced soon.

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre ruled himself out of the job at the eleventh hour, citing his desire for a longer break from football.

Discussions were highly advanced at this point, with the announcement of his arrival having been scheduled for the end of the week.

Favre, though, reportedly underwent a last-minute U-turn to leave Palace scrambling for alternatives ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

Sean Dyche, Frank Lampard and Valerien Ismael were among the other names linked with position in south London but now it looks like they’ve finally got their man.

David Ornstein and Dominic Fifield write in The Athletic that Palace are ‘close to appointing’ Vieira as their new manager ‘after agreement was reached in principle with the former France international to take up the reins at Selhurst Park’.

The report adds: ‘That deal has yet to be signed but, after talks over the last 24 hours, all parties expect the move to be rubber-stamped today. The process of applying for a visa is under way in the hope that Vieira will be able to oversee the first day of preseason training on Monday.’