Crystal Palace reportedly putting together deal for Jacob Mensah, weeks after Brighton made official approach

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park on January 13, 2018 in London, England.

Brighton and Hove Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City are also keen on the player, who appears to be Crystal Palace bound.

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park on January 13, 2018 in London, England.

Crystal Palace are set to win the race to sign non-league centre-back Jacob Mensah, according to The Sun (13/03. page 55).

The newspaper claims Mensah is also being tracked by Palace's Premier League rivals, Brighton and Hove Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City.

However, it adds the Eagles are now putting together a deal for the 18-year-old Ramsgate player, after he impressed Roy Hodgson's staff whilst on trial.

 

Mensah has been likened to Chris Smalling, the Manchester United and England centre-back signed from Maidstone United when the Crystal Palace boss was managing Fulham.

Mensah's move to Palace may come as a blow to Brighton in particular, following a recent spell in the Seagulls' academy set up.

A general view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City at Amex Stadium on March 31, 2018 in Brighton, England.

Confirming Brighton's approach for the by-trade roofer in January, Ramsgate boss Nick Davis told the Kent club's official website: "It’s not often that a Premier League club comes in for one of your players to show his talents. I’m personally delighted for him and I wish him all the best."

Joining Crystal Palace would ensure minimal upheaval for Mensah, with the South London club situated within a two-hour drive of Ramsgate, slightly shorter than Brighton and considerably so than Wolverhampton or Cardiff.

Are Palace - not Brighton, Wolves or Cardiff - the best club for Mensah to develop at?

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