Crystal Palace looking at Nigerian defender and Patrick Vieira has a plan for players

Crystal Palace are one of several clubs interested in signing a Nigerian defender - plus, Patrick Vieira is intent keeping his players “out of their comfort zone”.

Last time out, Crystal Palace suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat at home to Fulham. Who will Patrick Vieira look towards to help bolster the Eagles’ ranks in January?

Crystal Palace, along with a number of other Premier League clubs, are interested in bringing a Nigerian defender who currently plays for Torino. They aren’t the frontrunners in the race - West Ham United are reportedly the favourites to sign him

Meanwhile, Vieira has stated that he does not want his players to get comfrtable in the starting eleven. To help with this, he may bring in new faces in January to create competition.

Crystal Palace interested in Ola Aina

Ola Aina, who has previously played in the Premier League for Fulham, is a Crystal Palace target (per PUNCH Sports Extra). They aren’t the only clubs reportedly interested in him - Leeds and West Ham are also in pursuit.

A versatile defender, Aina can function as a right back, a left back and a centre half. West Ham, according to PUNCH Sports Extra, put in a bid for him back in the summer but failed to complete the deal.

Patrick Vieira may seek January signings to keep players “out of their comfort zone”

Vieira has made it clear that he does not want his players to get comfortable, according to footballnewslondon. To achieve this, the Palace boss will seek to make additions to the squad in January. He has express his desire to add experience to his team in the recent past.

Vieira said: “I always believed that the team needs to be improved. We need more players to challenge the players that we have already. We need competitiveness, which will bring the best out of the players.

“We may have to take some of the players out of their comfort zone. To do that, we need those kinds of challenges. The other side is whether we can do it or not. We still have a lot to improve, on and off the field.”