Report claims Crystal Palace have made this £3 million Sunderland star their primary summer target

The Eagles are reportedly keen on signing Black Cats left-back Patrick van Aanholt if the Wearside club are relegated.

After it looked earlier this week as if a rumoured move for League One Player of the Year Bradley Dack had moved a step closer, it appears that Crystal Palace have also earmarked Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt as a primary summer target, according to the Sun.

The 25-year-old full-back joined the Black Cats two years ago after failing to make the grade at Chelsea, and since arriving at the Stadium of Light he has been an important player in a struggling side.

He has built upon a successful first season last term in which he played 33 matches in all competitions by appearing 30 times in the Premier League this campaign, scoring three goals from left-back.

That good form has apparently been enough to convince Alan Pardew that he should make the Netherlands international a key transfer target this summer.

The Sun report that despite the defender having two years remaining on the deal he signed at the Wearside club in 2014, a £3 million big could be enough to convince Sunderland to sell if they are relegated.

Van Aanholt would provide strong competition for Pape Souare, who has been relatively unchallenged in the left-back spot at Selhurst Park this season.

Palace may find it more difficult to prise Van Aanholt away if Sunderland retain their Premier League status, but relegation would likely see Sam Allardyce's side open to offers for virtually all of their squad members as they look to cut costs.

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