Crystal Palace ‘leading’ transfer race for ex-Sheffield United man and target misses pre-season friendly

Crystal Palace ‘leading’ transfer race for Morgan Gibbs-White and target Flynn Downes misses pre-season friendly.

Crystal Palace have an important few weeks ahead as they look ahead to Patrick Viera’s second full season in charge.

They kick-started their recruitment drive by luring young attacker Malcolm Ebiowei to the club last month from Derby County. The teenager has penned a five-year deal with the Premier League side and is a name to keep an eye on in the future.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone then became their second summer signing on a free transfer from West Bromwich Albion.

More arrivals are expected and the club has been linked with various names over recent times.

Here is a look at all the latest news coming out of Selhurst Park today....

Gibbs-White latest

Crystal Palace are looking to sign Morgan Gibbs-White from fellow Premier League side Wolves.

The attacking midfielder is a man in-demand right now after catching the eye on loan at Sheffield United last term in the Championship.

90min claim the Eagles are ‘leading’ the race for his signature, with Nottingham Forest and Everton also mentioned as other interested parties.

Downes misses friendly

Viera wants to bring in Flynn Downes from Swansea City to boost his midfield options.

Palace have a void to fill in the heart of midfield following Conor Gallagher’s return to Chelsea following the expiration of his loan deal.

The Daily Mail report that Downes missed the Swans’ pre-season friendly against Colchester United yesterday amid links of his £8million top flight switch.

Aribo going elsewhere

Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for Rangers’ Joe Aribo this summer.

The former Charlton Athletic man has been a hit since going to Scotland in 2019.

However, Southampton are close to striking a deal to land him, as reported by The Guardian.