Friday 19 January 2018

Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini set to sign for Crystal Palace today

Mathieu Flamini
Mathieu Flamini
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Matheiu Flamini is about to seal a move to Crystal Palace, with the former Arsenal midfielder completing a summer of squad rebuilding for the Eagles.

The transfer window may have slammed shut last week, but Flamimi is allowed to join Palace as he is currently out of contract and his medical is being completed today.

Palace boss Alan Pardew has confirmed that he is keen to sign Flamini and it has now been confirmed by Eagles chairman Steve Parish that a deal is close to being completed.

“He is having a medical today and it is a deal we will get done,” Parish confirmed to talkSPORT. “We had space for one more player in the squad and we feel this is a good deal for us.”

Pardew has already spoken about his reasons for signing Flamini, as he hopes his experience will bolster his powerful midfield line-up.

“Mathieu is a player I am looking at, yes. He would give us a bit more experience to winning games,” he stated.

“I like the fact whenever he played, he played in the big, big games at Arsenal when they needed someone to kind of lead the team over the line and get big results.

“Mathieu's name was always on that list. I have always admired what he's done, so I am looking at him.

“His age, 32, in my mind I signed Teddy Sheringham when he was 38, so the age isn't a problem for me. I think his experience is something I am looking at, yes.”

The deal for Flamini will fill a gap left by Mile Jedinak’s departure to Aston Villa, with the experienced Premier League operator completing a summer of big changes at Palace that have seen big name arrivals in Christian Benteke, Loic Remy and Andros Townsend.

The capture of Flamini is some compensation for Palace after Bournemouth beat them to the loan signing of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere last week.

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