Pardew gives seal of approval as Crystal Palace make offer to sign striker Freddie Ladapo

Crystal Palace are attempting to sign Margate striker Freddie Ladapo.

Crystal Palace have made a formal bid to sign striker Freddie Ladapo from non-league Margate, HITC Sport understands.

Ladapo has been on trial at Palace over the past month, scoring a hat-trick to help the under-21 side to a 5-0 win over Watford.

Manager Alan Pardew missed this game as he was scouting league opponents Leicester City the same evening, and it was organised that Ladapo would play a second trial game for the under-21s against Leeds this week, so he could check him out first hand.

The match did not yield the same success, a 0-0 draw, but Ladapo was a threat throughout, hitting the post early in the second half, and posing problems for the Paul Hart coached Leeds side.

He evidently did enough to persuade Alan Pardew he was worthy of a deal, as HITC Sport understands from sources close to the situation that the Premier League side have now submitted a transfer offer to Margate to sign the 23-year-old.

Ladapo has played in the Football League previously with Colchester United, and has been a prolific scorer in non-league football over the past two seasons.

Margate are believed to have rejected Palace's initial transfer bid, but it is understood they would be happy to sell if the price meets their expectations.

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