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Crystal Palace could sign Ian Wright 2.0 in Eddie Nketiah

Crystal Palace could sign their new Ian Wright in 22-year-old Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.

What’s the word?

According to a report from journalist Charles Watts who spoke via his YouTube channel, the England U21 starlet is unlikely to sign a new contract with the Gunners – despite featuring more frequently for Mikel Arteta’s side over the last four games.

It is said that Nketiah and his agent have not changed their stance on leaving the Emirates, meaning there is a high chance that the 22-year-old could depart on a free, with his contract expiring at the end of this campaign

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Goal’s Arsenal correspondent, Watts, said this: “I don’t think they [Arsenal] will [convince him to stay] because he’s rejected plenty of contracts in the last sort of six months to a year, that Arsenal put in front of him.

“So I think him and his agent’s mind seems to be pretty set on leaving.”

The news comes amid rumours that Palace are interested in a swoop for the young forward.

Wright 2.0

With Watts also declaring that Nketiah has “put himself in the shop window”, Palace have an opportunity to seize a free transfer for what could turn out to be their modern-day Wright.

Described as a “goal machine” by Michael Owen, his scoring efforts can be seen from his time with the England U21 side, in which he scored 16 goals in 17 games on the international stage.

So far, he has faltered in bringing that goal-scoring touch to Premier League football but has shown signs of shining with his exceptional return of five goals in five games in the Carabao Cup this season.

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Starting off with an easy one...

In what would be a reverse of the transfer that saw Wright leave Palace to sign for Arsenal, Nketiah would be presented with an opportunity to link up with Wilfried Zaha.

Contrary to popular belief, Nketiah is a creative asset up top. He manages to integrate himself into play through his passing ability, with his match average of 23.06 completed passes per 90 a key component to his game for Arsenal right now.

With his average of 46.13 touches on the ball, Nketiah progresses Arsenal forward and creates big opportunities for his side, with his 1.56 key passes average per 90 an indicator of this.

This season, despite scoring 13 goals for the Eagles, Zaha has averaged just two shots per 90, demonstrating his need for a partnership up top.

Nketiah could not only develop his game with regular minutes at Selhurst Park, but he could bolster Zaha’s attacking threat in a move that would be entirely astute from Palace boss Vieira.

In other news: Vieira can finally axe “rubbish” CPFC flop by signing “brilliant” 18y/o gem

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