“Blow Palace out of the water”

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Crystal Palace could be ‘blown out of the water’ by Premier League rivals Newcastle United in their bid to sign Arsenal frontman Eddie Nketiah, according to The Sun reporter Tom Barclay.

Patrick Vieira was appointed Eagles manager in July, but he repeatedly failed to lure Nketiah to Selhurst Park.

What is the latest news about Nketiah?

According to Sky Sports, Palace saw a bid for Nketiah rejected by Arsenal in the final stages of the January transfer window.

The report suggests the Eagles also had to deal with another spurned proposal earlier in the month.

It came after the south Londoners opted to drop the cash on Odsonne Edouard after he refused to pay Arsenal’s £20million price tag for Nketiah last August.

Palace are not the Premier League leader’s only suitor as Newcastle United opened move talks last month, while West Ham United are also reportedly interested in loaning the 22-year-old out until the end of the season. .

Nketiah’s £45,000-a-week deal is due to expire this summer and as a result overseas clubs are already able to negotiate a pre-contract deal.

Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen are known to want to entice Nketiah away from the Premier League.

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What did Tom Barclay say about Nketiah?

Barclay believe Palace may not be able to match Newcastle if they compete with them for the signing of Nketiah this summer.

It comes after the Magpies became the richest club in world football following a £305m takeover led by the Saudi-based Public Investment Fund last October.

Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “Obviously they want Nketiah and he’s out of contract. But a lot of other clubs too, like Leverkusen.

“I think he wants to go to a Champions League club, so it depends if that’s offered somewhere.

“Newcastle was also closely linked with him at the end of the window. If it can happen, it could blow Palace out of the water.

Why does Nketiah interest Palace?

The fact that Nketiah could be brought on a free transfer would clearly make him an attractive proposition for Palace.

He also has plenty of Premier League experience having featured in the competition 43 times during his time at Arsenal.

Although Nketiah’s opportunities have been few this season, he still took the risks that came his way in the Carabao Cup.

He scored five goals in as many appearances and also netted a hat-trick as the Gunners took on League One side Sunderland in the quarter-finals.

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