Report: Freddie Ladapo completes Crystal Palace medical, deal will cost just £50,000

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Margate striker Freddie Ladapo is on the verge of joining Crystal Palace.

According to a report from the London Evening Standard, non-league striker Freddie Ladapo will leave Margate for Crystal Palace after completing his medical.

Ladapo, 23, started his career with Colchester United, and after loan spells with Thurrock, Chelmsford City, Bishop's Stortford, Woking and Nuneaton Town, the striker joined Kidderminster Harriers on a permanent basis in 2014.

Further loan spells with Hayes and Yeading and Grays Athletic followed, before signing for Margate last summer - and finally, it seems that the nomadic striker has finally settled.

With 12 goals this season, the 6ft 2in forward has impressed with Margate, and his exploits have surprisingly led to interest from the Premier League.

A recent trial with Crystal Palace saw Ladapo score a hat-trick, and his two-week spell with the Eagles appears to have impressed Alan Pardew enough to win a permanent deal.

The London Evening Standard report that Ladapo has passed a medical at Selhurst Park and will pen a two-and-a-half year deal with the club, with Palace paying £50,000 for his services.

It's suggested that Pardew will then decide whether Ladapo is a first-team player or whether he will be loaned out during pre-season, with Palace seemingly taking a calculated gamble on a non-league player, as Premier League clubs search for the next Jamie Vardy.

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