Liverpool defender set for switch to Crystal Palace for just £1.5m

The Crystal Palace Eagle

Martin Kelly is close to completing a shock move to Crystal Palace ahead of the new season.

Crystal Palace have been fairly quiet in the transfer window this summer, with Frazier Campbell and Bred Hangeland their only signings of note. Campbell arrived for just £800,000 whilst former Fulham captain Hangeland was signed on a free transfer, and Tony Pulis looks set to bring in another bargain.

The Daily Mail reports that a deal is all but done to bring Liverpool defender Martin Kelly to Selhurst Park. The reports suggest that Kelly has already met Palace officials and the move could be completed for a fee of £1.5 million.

Kelly has been on the scene at Liverpool for some time now but has never quite managed to establish himself at the club. Injuries have not helped his cause and in 2012 he suffered an injury against Manchester United which kept him out for the best part of a year.

In the 2011-2012 season he made 12 appearances in the league for Liverpool which led to him receiving his first England cap just before Euro 2012. He was then added to the squad for the tournament following an injury to Gary Cahill. However he hasn't had a look in since, and will now look for a fresh start at Crystal Palace.

Pulis looks to be establishing a solid backline at Selhurst Park, with the central defensive duties looking to go to Scott Dann and Hangeland. Kelly will be a great addition at the aforementioned price as he can certainly improve. The right-back has been tipped as a hot prospect for some time at Anfield but has found it hard with competition from Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan and now the arrival of Javier Manquillo has pushed him further down the pecking order.

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