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Crystal Palace win the race to sign teenage prospect Malcolm Ebiowei

Crystal Palace beat Tottenham to the signing of teenage talent Malcolm Ebiowei… and have now set their sights on holding off Arsenal to land £15million-rated Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure

  • Crystal Palace and Tottenham have both shown interest in Malcolm Ebiowei
  • Palace have managed to beat their Premier League rivals to his signature
  • They now want to bring in midfielder Cheick Doucoure from Ligue 1 side Lens
  • Arsenal have also been linked with the £15million-rated Mali international  

Crystal Palace have beaten Tottenham to the signing of highly rated Derby winger Malcolm Ebiowei.

The Selhurst Park club are now turning their attentions to clinching a deal for Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure.

Ebiowei, 18, is widely regarded as one of English football’s leading young talents and has been the subject of major interest from England and abroad this summer.

Malcolm Ebiowei has impressed at Derby and is now set for a Premier League move

Malcolm Ebiowei has impressed at Derby and is now set for a Premier League move

Ebiowei is due to join Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace side ahead of next season

Ebiowei is due to join Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace side ahead of next season

But the Eagles have completed a significant coup by securing a deal to sign the teenager, who will finalise his move to Selhurst Park today.

Manchester United had been heavily linked with a move for Ebiowei, but while the Old Trafford did express an interest in the youngster, who has represented England and Holland at junior level, they are understood to have not fully pursued a move.

Indeed, Spurs were Palace’s main rivals for the player who made 15 appearances for Derby last season. French club Monaco were also interested.

Crystal Palace now want to sign midfielder Cheick Doucoure from Ligue 1 side Lens

Crystal Palace now want to sign midfielder Cheick Doucoure from Ligue 1 side Lens

Palace will now look to make progress with their interest in Mali international Doucoure.

Sportsmail understands talks with Lens are planned over the next 48 hours.

The Eagles are hopeful of reaching an agreement for the 22-year-old but no deal is close amid rival interest in the Doucoure.

Arsenal have also been linked with the £15million rated midfielder.


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