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Sky Sports: Crystal Palace ‘very close’ to signing, possible bid for another target

Crystal Palace are ‘very close’ to signing West Bromwich Albion full-back Nathan Ferguson and could make an offer for Yannick Carrasco on transfer deadline day, according to Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge.

The Eagles are in the market for reinforcements as Roy Hodgson’s squad had been stretched due to injuries to key men over the course of the campaign.

Palace have already secured a loan deal for Everton striker Cenk Tosun and it looks as though more new faces could arrive at Selhurst Park before the window closes on Friday night.

Sky reporter Bridge has confirmed that the London side are busy in the final days of the window and there is potential for arrivals in the next 36 hours.

“This January, Crystal Palace wanted a right-back, a left-back and a striker,” he told Sky Sports.

“They’ve got Cenk Tosun, and are very close to signing West Brom right-back Nathan Ferguson, who can also be used as a left-back – that is seen as a real coup.

“They were left frustrated by their failure to sign Kyle Walker-Peters, who Hodgson held in high regard.

“This means the club’s resolve on keeping hold of Patrick van Aanholt might be tested, with PSV Eindhoven already tabling two bids, both of them rejected.

“There could potentially be a third bid which they will really have to consider. He’s got 18 months left on his contract and there’s fears he won’t sign an extension, because he has aspirations to go back to Holland at some point in his career.

“A move for Yannick Ferreira Carrasco could be revisited on Deadline Day, but deals with Chinese clubs are quite difficult to do. He’s still in Belgium and not in China, so that could help.”

Palace started the season well and it looked as though Hodgson’s men were capable of fighting for a European qualification place.

However, injuries and a drop in form has seen the Eagles drop into the bottom half of the table, as the Selhurst Park outfit currently sit in 11th place in the Premier League standings.

Ferguson is highly rated after starting for West Brom and landing him would be a smart piece of business by Palace.

Carrasco is an experienced and talented attacker but it appears that the Eagles will have to pull out all the stops for the Belgian to be landed before the window closes.

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