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Crystal Palace plotting move for Flynn Downes

Crystal Palace are plotting a bid for Swansea City midfielder Flynn Downes.

What’s the word?

That’s according to Ian Mitchelmore, who writes in WalesOnline that Palace are one of several Premier League clubs interested.

The Eagles are set to battle it out with Southampton and Wolves for his signature.

Swansea were reportedly expecting huge interest in him, as one of their standout performers, and is valued between £11m to £12m.

Imagine him and Doucoure

With the imminent announcement of new signing Cheick Doucoure, it appears that Patrick Vieira is building a new midfield to make up for the absence of former star loanee Conor Gallagher.

This tricky midfielder could be the touch of class to go alongside the midfield powerhouse that has already been tied down.

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The £1.8m-rated maestro boasted a 6.83 average SofaScore rating, which is impressive given his age and consistency across 37 games.

Perhaps the 23-year-old could act as a metronome for Palace, given his 92.6 pass success percentage and 0.5 key passes per 90.

This, alongside the 2.26 interceptions and 6.87 progressive carries per 90 of Doucoure, could provide the perfect balance with regards to both offensive and defensive output.

Downes’ performances led Swansea manager Russell Martin to label him “incredible”.

He continued: “He has all the ingredients he needs to play at the very top. He knows how I feel about him and how we feel about him as a coaching staff and what his ceiling can be. I think he can go and play wherever he wants eventually.”

Vieira knows a thing or two about taking part in a near-perfect midfield, and if Downes and Doucoure can strike a connection early on it could help propel Palace, allowing them to build on their impressive 12th-placed finish last term.

Supporters from Selhurst Park can get excited at the prospect of this signing, as their business whilst dipping into the Championship has been impressive in the past.

Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise are two successes, and in Downes, they could have found another who could be the perfect midfield partner for their other prospective new signing.

AND, in other news: “Palace would be…“: Transfer insider drops huge update, supporters will be buzzing.

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