Report: Crystal Palace send scouts to watch Celtic-linked Ikechi Anya

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Crystal Palace have reportedly joined the race to sign Watford winger Ikechi Anya.

According to the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace are scouting Watford's Scottish international winger Ikechi Anya with a view to a possible transfer.

Palace came from 2-0 down at Burnley to clinch a miraculous 3-2 victory, hauling them up into 12th place in the Premier League table.

However, new manager Alan Pardew will be looking to add new faces to his squad at Selhurst Park, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Eagles sent scouts to watch Watford winger Anya against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Anya, 27, struggled to make an impact in English football with a host of clubs, and subsequently tried his hand in Spanish football instead.

After spells with Sevilla, Celta Vigo and Cadiz, Anya headed back to England a much better player, and has been a key player for Watford ever since he joined the Hornets in 2012.

With 11 Scotland caps to his name, Anya can now be placed into the 'late bloomers' category, and was recently linked with a move to sign for Celtic by The Scotsman as Ronny Deila's men look to add more Scottish players.

However, Palace scouted Anya as well as his Watford team mate Troy Deeney this weekend, with Pardew doing all he can to strengthen his squad ahead of the second half of the season - though he may well have to compete with Celtic for the signature of Anya.

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