Crystal Palace are expected to pay £2 million in an attempt to finally bring West Bromwich Albion defender Nathan Ferguson to Selhurst Park this summer, according to The Sun (28 June, page 61).
Five months ago, a teenage right-back might have wondered whether his chance to join the Premier League outfit had passed him by.
Ferguson was undergoing a medical at West Brom when his £11 million deal was called off at the last minute.
It was a foot injury discovered during examinations which convinced Palace to back out of a switch that had been all-but completed.
But with the Birmingham-born 19-year-old putting his fitness problems behind him, it seems that he will be handed a second chance to seal a move to the London-based outfit.
West Brom have already confirmed that Ferguson will leave the Hawthorns when his contract expires this summer.
And despite interest from abroad, The Sun reports that the Championship starlet has his heart set on a long-awaited move to Crystal Palace.
What’s more, Roy Hodgson’s side are expected to pay a bargain £2 million to get the deal done.
If West Brom agree, that will mean there is no need for a potentially hefty fee to be decided via a tribunal.
£2 million might seem like a lot to pay for a player who is technically a free agent. But it is also £9 million less than Palace were set to shell out just a few months ago.