Premier League side ‘close’ on £22.5m deal amid major Rangers links
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Premier League side ‘close’ on £22.5m deal amid major Rangers links

Premier League side Crystal Palace are reportedly closing in on a deal for Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure amid high-profile links to Rangers star Joe Aribo.

According to the Athletic, the Ivorian midfielder is the club’s “principal midfield target” this summer and could wind up costing Palace up to £22.5m.

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Expected to sign a five-year deal, the move will be of particular interest to Rangers fans amid continuing links between Crystal Palace and Joe Aribo.

Patrick Viera’s side are said to be one of four English top flight clubs tailing the Nigerian international, who is believed to have a £10m release clause in his contract.

Newly promoted pair Nottingham Forest and Fulham have been linked, whilst Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa were also mentioned this week [GMS].

In the final year of his contract at Ibrox, Joe Aribo is expected to leave this summer if Rangers cannot agree a new deal but the expensive nature of Palace’s move for Cheick Doucoure will cast doubts over a move to Selhurst Park.

However, as explained by the Athletic report Palace could be left short in the middle of the park this season.

There remains doubts regarding the future of out of contract Cheikou Kouyate at Palace as his contract officially comes to an end.

England international Connor Gallagher has also returned to Chelsea whilst aging pair James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic have a reduced influence on the squad.

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Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has also been clear during the close season that the Selhurst Park club are also hoping on a return for Chelsea star Gallagher.

As Palace move for Cheick Doucoure it’s also interesting to consider reports surrounding fellow reported Joe Aribo suitors Nottingham Forest.

According to a leading journalist, reports Steve Cooper’s side are closing in on a move for an Aribo alternative are wide of the mark.

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