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Eagles’ eye midfielder from rivals with Watford on alert

Crystal Palace have had somewhat of an encouraging summer so far in the transfer market, following the appointment of a new shareholder in American businessman John Textor, who has committed £87.5 million to the club.

It has seen them invest over £40 million so far in the transfer window, bringing in centre-backs Marc Guehi and Joachim Andersen from Chelsea and Lyon, respectively, and Michael Olise from Reading. They have also brought in midfield talent Conor Gallagher on loan and back-up goalkeeper Remi Matthews.

Eagles’ eye midfielder from rivals with Watford on alert

New manager Patrick Vieira reportedly isn’t finished there in the transfer market and is understood to monitor Watford’s situation, with midfielder Will Hughes turning down a new contract.

Hughes would certainly provide Vieira, who won multiple domestic trophies during his time as a player at Arsenal, with much-needed competition in the centre of the park, as well as Premier League experience.

Combative and good on the ball, he would complement new signings Olise and Gallacher, making what could turn out to be a potent midfield trio.

 

Vieira wants more sigings to compete

While the south London club has demonstrated some shrewd recruitment in the transfer window so far, they are reportedly looking to bring in more players. Undoubtedly, they need a couple of goalscorers, while keeping hold of star player Wilfried Zaha has to be a priority.

Rumours persist over a loan move for Manchester United winger Amad Diallo, while Bournemouth star David Brooks is also believed to be the subject of a bid from the Palace high-ups.

Meanwhile, Vieira is hoping to utilise his connections at Arsenal to land highly-rated youngster Reiss Nelson on loan, while RB Leipzig striker, Ademola Lookman, formerly of Everton is also a target, though the proposed £3.5 million loan fee, plus £50K/week wages could be a stumbling block.

It is more likely to come down to a strategic decision as far as Vieira is concerned due to the fact that they are only allowed to bring in one player on loan from the Premier League, so Palace will need to be smart about who they pursue.