Sam Allardyce is interested in making Kieran Gibbs his first signing as Crystal Palace manager, according to The Sun.

The left-back has just 18 months remaining on his Arsenal contract and the Eagles are thought to be keeping a close eye on his situation.

With the January transfer window just a few days away, Palace could make a move for the 27-year-old, who was also a reported target for Allardyce’s predecessor, Alan Pardew.

Since making his debut for the Gunners back in 2007, Gibbs has been plagued by a number of injuries and is currently battling it out for a left-back spot with Spanish team-mate Nacho Monreal.

The England international started Arsenal’s last game, a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day, but was forced off with a knee injury following a collision with Baggies midfielder Claudio Jacob.

He will be hoping to be fit for their next match, when they welcome Palace to the Emirates Stadium on New Year’s Day, which would allow Allardyce to take a closer look at the full-back.

However, the former England international manager is likely to face stiff competition for Gibbs’ signature, should he be made available by Arsene Wenger, with Swansea City also believed to be interested in the Englishman.

Allardyce’s appointment with the Selhurst Park outfit puts them in a better position than the Welsh side to avoid relegation from the Premier League, which may make the move more appealing to Gibbs.

It would also see him link up with former Gunners team-mate Mathieu Flamini, who left the North London side on a free transfer back in September.

Currently sitting in 17th place, Palace are just two points ahead of the relegation zone and face an uphill battle if they are to avoid the drop.

Despite reaching the FA Cup final last season, the Eagles have made a miserable start to the current campaign, winning four of their first 18 matches.


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