Crystal Palace could be set to secure a bargain deal in the upcoming January transfer window after being linked with a move for Derby County midfielder Jason Knight.
According to Football League World, the Eagles are one of several Premier League teams interested in securing the highly-rated 20-year-old’s signature, with seven other top-flight sides listed as potential suitors.
The report states that: “Knight has emerged as a target for a host of Premier League clubs, with FLW sources indicating that Everton, Wolves, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Leeds, Burnley, and Newcastle are all keen.”
It then goes on to state that West Ham United have recently entered the race for Knight’s signature, sparking an intriguing battle for the youngster over the coming months.
With Derby currently in financial turmoil, it’s highly likely that Palace could seal a bargain deal for the £5.4m-rated maestro if they can convince him to move to south London.
The Rams’ administrators revealed on Friday that they’re hoping to have completed the sale of the club by late January, though they’ve refused to rule out selling some of the most talented stars in Wayne Rooney’s first-team squad over the winter window.
And that raises the prospect of Knight departing Pride Park in January, with the Ireland international one of Derby’s most promising prospects.
After making his senior debut back in 2019, the 5 foot 6 dynamo has gone to score 11 goals and provide three assists in 94 appearances for the Midlands outfit, firmly establishing himself in the starting XI.
Knight made an immediate impression on now manager Wayne Rooney following his arrival on a player-coach basis, and the Manchester United legend singled him out as a promising youngster who has a big future ahead.
“I’ve been really impressed with the way they’ve trained, particularly Knighty,” revealed Rooney. “His energy, his attitude. He almost reminds me of myself when I was younger in terms of no fear.
“And he’s got an aggression about him, not in terms of how he’s tackling, but in terms of how he runs, how he gets about the pitch. I’m looking forward to seeing how they do as I feel he can give us a lot of energy and a lot of creativity.”
Former Arsenal and Ireland star Liam Brady is also one of Knight’s many admirers, labelling him “intelligent” following a mature display at international level.
As a result, Steve Parish and co. must do all they can to snap up Knight’s services ahead of the extensive competition, providing Patrick Vieira with the tools he needs to continue the ongoing revolution at Palace.
The Eagles manager has cultivated a reputation for luring young talents to Selhurst Park already and the Derby gem simply has to become part of Vieira’s ongoing project.