Many of the Premier League clubs are beginning to get into the thick of transfer market action this summer. Crystal Palace are very close to completing a deal to sign highly-rated QPR forward Eberechi Eze.
The deal is expected to reach £19.5million after add-ons with £14.5million upfront. The deal is close to completion with Eze set to sign a 4-year contract with the club with an option of an extra year.
Their London rivals West Ham and newly promoted West Borm were interested in the 22-year-old but were yet to register their interest with a bid. It can be recalled that Crystal Palace previously had a £14.5million upfront rejected by QPR.
Eze was a key man for Rangers in the Championship last season and started every single game in the Championship under Mark Warburton.
He scored 14 goals last season and will be one of Palace’s plans to integrate youth into the side. They’ve already signed 19-year-old Nathan Ferguson on a free transfer.
Roy Hodgson will be hoping that the forward helps solve his side’s lack of productivity upfront with Palace scoring just 31 goals last season. Only Norwich City scored less and were eventually relegated.
The deal will see Eze as the most expensive player signed by the club under the Roy Hodgson era as they’ve previously relied on loan deals and free transfers in recent seasons.
That being said, it remains to see if playmaker Wilfried Zaha will be at the club next season with recent reports suggesting that the Ivory Coast international is keen for a move away from Selhurst Park.
We wait to see how proceedings go at the club with regards to Zaha’s future in the coming weeks as the Premier League returns in September. Regardless, Eze should do well if the deal is finalized as much pressure won’t be on him at Palace.