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Reported Crystal Palace target Max Clark has no future at Vitesse Arnhem and looks certain to be sold in the January transfer window, as reported by De Gelderlander.

You would be forgiven for wondering why on earth Roy Hodgson needs another left-back.

On his day, Patrick Van Aanholt remains one of the most influential attacking full-backs in the Premier League, while youngster Tyrick Mitchell has caught the eye since forcing his way into the first-team picture at Selhurst Park.

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But, after coming close to leaving ten months ago, Van Aanholt’s future will be up in the air once again in the near future with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.

So don’t be surprised if Clark, who was first linked with Palace via The Mail recently, emerges in the gossip columns once again.

Especially with the former Hull City defender frozen out at Vitesse. Clark has been replaced in the XI by Maximilian Wittek and hasn’t been included in a single matchday squad across 2020/21.

“We choose (our team) primarily on sporting grounds”, says sporting director Johannes Spors said when asked. “In addition, Wittek and (Million) Manhoef have long-term contracts. 

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“Clark has a deal until the summer of 2021. We are also looking at the long term.”

Spors adds that Vitesse are yet to receive an offer for Clark, but that could change in January.

“(In the summer) Clark’s management had plenty of time to complete a transfer. But it has remained very quiet,” Spors adds.

“Clark doesn’t fit our technical plans. This is also part of professional football. Perhaps (January) will offer a solution. The summer was bad for him.”

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