Former Rangers youngster Malcolm Ebiowei will join Crystal Palace on July 1 after the Premier League side confirmed they’d agreed on a deal to sign him from Derby County.

Ebiowei, who left Rangers to join the Rams, quickly made an impression at Pride Park, and was pitched into Wayne Rooney’s first-team as they tried to avoid relegation from the Championship.

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With Derby’s financial crisis continuing to hamstring the club, Ebiowei’s short-term deal came to an end and, after interest from the likes of Manchester United, he’ll join the Eagles this summer.

After his move was confirmed, Ebiowei said: “I’d like to thank everyone at Derby County for their incredible support over the last year or so, and for giving me the opportunity to show what I can do on the field, and I’d also like to thank the fans for their encouragement especially given the circumstances of last season.

“As everyone is aware the situation is very uncertain at Derby, so it was important for me to secure my long-term future.”

“I’m incredibly excited about the prospect of joining Palace, as they have an incredible squad and huge potential. I very much hope to contribute positively to the team this season.”

Malcolm Ebiowei signing delights Crystal Palace chairman

Ebiowei began his career at Arsenal before moving to Ibrox in 2020, joining the Gers’ B team in the Lowland League, and returning to English football with Derby last year.

His solo season at Derby saw him make 16 appearances in the Championship for Wayne Rooney’s side, earning plaudits for his performances.

Palace chairman Steve Parish was delighted to get the deal done to sign Ebiowei as he put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal with Patrick Viera’s side, adding: “I’m delighted that Malcolm has chosen Crystal Palace as the best place to continue his development, following his impressive breakthrough into senior football in recent months. He is a highly coveted young player, and we very much expect to provide a platform for him to flourish at the highest level.”

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