Report: Crystal Palace agree £12m deal to sign Fenerbahce's Josef de Souza

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on January 20, 2018 in London, England.

Josef de Souza is reportedly heading to the Premier League with Crystal Palace.

Fenerbahce's Brazilian midfielder Josef de Souza (L) celebrates with his team mates after scoring a goal against Galatasaray during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig football match between...

This time last year, West Brom were so close to signing Josef de Souza, only for the deal to collapse at the eleventh hour.

According to the Express and Star, the Baggies had agreed a £10.6 million deal to sign the Brazilian midfielder from Fenerbahce.

But then Globo Esporte claimed that Souza’s representatives were less than impressed with some of the clauses put forward and the move never happened.

 

12 months on, however, and Souza once again appears to be on the verge of a switch to England.

According to Haber7 in Turkey, Crystal Palace have agreed a deal worth £12 million to bring the 29-year-old to Selhurst Park.

Fenerbahce’s sporting director Damien Comolli has allegedly been in negotiations with Roy Hodgson’s side and it is reported that the signing could be announced in the next few days.

Besiktas' Brazililan midfielder Talisca (R) vies with Fenerbahce's Brazilian midfielder Josef de Souza (L) during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig football match between Besiktas and...

Fener, who finished second in the Turkish Super Lig last season, appear to have been forced to cash in on their influential midfielder by fear of Financial Fair Play sanctions. It is reported that the Istanbul giants plan to use the money generated by Souza’s sale to sign a much-needed centre-forward.

Reports that the defensive enforcer is on his way to Palace will be a relief for Hodgson, meanwhile, with the London club making a new midfielder their top priority of late.

According to the Mail, Palace were looking at Danny Drinkwater, Marko Grujic and Max Meyer while they have been heavily linked with Cheikhou Kouyate and Maxime Gonalons, too.

Fenerbahce's Josef de Souza (R) vies with Galatasaray's Sinan Gumus (L) during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig football match between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray at the Fenerbahce Ulker...

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