Crystal Palace make first January transfer window signing - and closing in on second

The Eagles announced Jean-Philippe  Mateta has moved to Selhurst Park permanently for £9million.

Crystal Palace have announced their first signing of the January transfer window - and are closing in a second move.

The Eagles have made Jean-Philippe  Mateta loan move from Mainz permanent, reportedly paying £9million for the French striker.

And the Croydon outfit are hopeful of landing Derby striker Luke Plange before 11pm.

Mateta has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Eagles.

“And [thank you to] Dougie [Freedman], the chairman [Steve Parish] and the team and the fans also, and my family.”

Chairman Steve Parish added: “We are delighted to secure the long-term future of Jean-Philippe.

“Coming to a new country, a new team and a new league is not easy and JP worked incredibly hard to get and then take his opportunities.

“He really has shown the aptitude, attitude and dedication we look for along with his natural footballing ability.

“I’m looking forward to seeing much more of him in a Palace shirt.”

Luke Plange of Derby County. Credit: James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Parish is also hoping to secure former Arsenal academy star Plange before the transfer deadline.

But Eagles fans will have to wait to see whether that deal gets completed before the clock hits 11pm.