Thursday 27 April 2017

Jeff Schlupp to join Crystal Palace as Leicester opt to sell for £12m

Jeff Schlupp has played just nine times for Leicester this season.
Jeff Schlupp has played just nine times for Leicester this season.

John Percy

Leicester City are set to sell winger Jeff Schlupp to Crystal Palace in a deal worth £12million.

Schlupp is in talks over a move to Selhurst Park and could leave the Premier League champions in the next 24 hours, after informing Claudio Ranieri of his desire to quit the club.

Palace are close to agreeing a fee with Leicester for the Ghana international, after seeing a £9.5m bid rejected earlier this week, and hope to have him available for the game at West Ham on Saturday.

Sam Allardyce, the Palace manager, is keen to sign left-sided defenders and has also offered £7million for Sunderland's Patrick van Aanholt. And Ranieri has confirmed that Schlupp made it clear he wanted to move on, after failing to feature in the matchday squads for the past six games.

He said: "I spoke with him and he spoke with the club, Of course he’s not happy.

"Jeff is a fantastic man and player – I said if wants to go, he can go but it's also important to get the right money for the club. He can go for the right money.

“He has great potential and I’m very sad to lose him but you have to understand that we have three very good left-backs, [Ben] Chilwell, [Christian Fuchs and him – we want to keep one experienced and one young."

Schlupp, 24, came through Leicester's academy and made his debut for the club in August 2011, scoring a hat-trick against Rotherham in the League Cup.

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