Report: Crystal Palace tried to hijack Leicester's James Justin move

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton FC at Selhurst Park on April 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

James Justin has swapped Luton Town for Premier League outfit Leicester City and Crystal Palace will be kicking themselves.

Leicester City unveil new signing James Justin at Belvoir Drive Training Complex on June 26, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

Crystal Palace failed with a last-ditch attempt to hijack James Justin’s £6 million move to Leicester City, according to the Guardian.

It has been yet another frustrating summer at Selhurst Park. Not only has just a single player arrived, free agent goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, Palace have cashed in on their popular academy graduate Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

If chairman Steve Parish doesn’t want a raging mob on his doorstep, he will do everything he can to stop Wilfried Zaha following the new Manchester United right-back out the door too.

 

And claims from the Guardian that Palace tried and failed to sign Luton Town flyer Justin at the eleventh hour won’t exactly improve the mood amongst an already disillusioned fan base.

There is a real why Justin was so in-demand this summer. He shone as Luton won the League One title last season, producing nine assists to earn himself a place in the Team of the Year. Did we mention that he’s equally comfortable at right-back or left-back?

James Justin of Luton Town in actioin actionduring the Sky Bet League One match between Luton Town and Oxford United at Kenilworth Road on May 04, 2019 in Luton, United Kingdom.

He’d have been perfect for a Crystal Palace side who need competition for Patrick Van Aanholt on the left while scouring the market for Wan-Bissaka’s successor on the opposite flank.

But it seems that The Eagles swooped in a little too late. By the time they went all out for Justin, he was already on his way to Leicester for £6 million.

Leicester City unveil new signing James Justin at Belvoir Drive Training Complex on June 26, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

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