Report: Brentford looking to beat Crystal Palace to Dru Yearwood signing

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on September 30, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Crystal Palace reportedly like the Southend United midfielder Yearwood but is he heading to the Championship instead with Brentford.

Dru Yearwood of Southend United in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Southend United and Northampton Town at Roots Hall on September 16, 2017 in Southend, England.

Dru Yearwood’s impressive performances for Southend United in League One mean it seems only a matter of time before he makes the step up to a bigger division.

The Sun (30 October, page 59) reports that Crystal Palace have been keeping a close eye on the 18-year-old midfielder, with the club’s sporting director Dougie Freedman given the inside track thanks to his connections at the third tier team.

Freedman turned out for the Shrimpers towards the end of his playing career.

 

But Crystal Palace are not the only capital club who have been impressed by Yearwood. TEAMtalk report that Brentford are looking to pip the Eagles to a January deal, with Southend looking likely to lose their prize asset in the New Year.

Yearwood has made 29 appearances for Southend since making his debut a year ago.

Dru Yearwood of Southend United looks to the ball with Matt Grimes of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Southend United at Sixfields on...

TEAMtalk adds that Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is looking to bring in a number of young talents from the Football League, with money seemingly tight at Selhurst Park these days.

Interestingly, Palace are understood to be interested in the Brentford winger Ollie Watkins, according to Sky Sports, so the two London clubs could be going head-to-head quite a bit in the coming months.

Ollie Watkins of Brentford celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Brentford at the Pirelli Stadium on March 6, 2018...

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