Report: Crystal Palace in talks to sign Omar Elabdellaoui

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.

Premier League outfit Crystal Palace could finally replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka with Olympiakos's Norway star heading to Selhurst Park.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (L) of Crystal Palace in action during a game against Liverpool FC in a 2017 Premier League Asia Trophy fixture at Hong Kong Stadium on July 19, 2017.

Crystal Palace appear to be close to finally, finally signing a right-back to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

According to The Sun (live blog, 7.30pm), The Eagles are in talks with Olympiakos’ Norway international Omar Elabdellaoui as they look to lure him to Selhurst Park before Thursday’s 5pm deadline.

It has been a frustrating six weeks for Palace fans. Since Wan Bissaka left for Manchester United over a month ago, Roy Hodgson’s side have tried and failed to snap up the likes of James Justin, Max Aarons and Timothy Castagne.

 

But it seems there has been a breakthrough at last with just a few hours remaining.

An attack-minded 27-year-old, Elabdellaoui ticks a lot of boxes for Palace. He’s experienced and a decent source of creativity down the flanks, producing five goals and seven assists in all competitions for Olympiakos last season.

Omar Elabdellaoui of Olympiacos looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group F match between Real Betis and Olympiacos at Estadio Benito Villamarin on November 29, 2018 in Seville, Spain.

Elabdellaoui has experience in English football too. He started his career in Manchester City’s academy before enjoying a loan spell at Hull City in 2016/17.

With Hodgson filling two gaps in midfield with the long-awaited signings of James McCarthy and Victor Camarasa on Wednesday, Elabdellaoui is another key piece of the jigsaw.

Now, Palace just need a striker.

Omar Elabdellaoui of Norway during the UEFA Nations League C group three match between Norway and Bulgaria at Ullevaal Stadion on October 16, 2018 in Oslo, Norway.

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