Allardyce interested in making Arsenal star his first Palace signing

As reported in an exclusive by The Sun, Sam Allardyce is ready to do early business at Crystal Palace and he’s looking at Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs as potentially his first signing since for the Eagles.

What’s the word?

One of the key weak areas in the Palace first team is on the flanks of their defence and Allardyce is ready to solve that problem with a move for a player struggling to find his way into Arsene Wenger’s plans.

The Sun reckon Gibbs is a long-term target of Palace, on their radar back when Alan Pardew was the man in charge at Selhurst Park.

With just 18 months left on his contract, it could be the right time for a team like Palace to come in for the 27 year old and offer him a different option to the squad fringes at the Emirates.

The right fit?

Neither Martin Kelly nor Joel Ward have managed to consistently perform for the Eagles this season and they’re in need of an experienced hand on their left hand side who can perform both defensive duties and offer an attacking threat.

Only Swansea and Hull have conceded more goals than Palace in the Premier League this season and plugging that gap must be one of Sam Allardyce’s priorities in order to keep them up.

Gibbs has played more than 220 games for Arsenal and has 10 caps for England. It’s experience that would be very valuable to a team like Palace, especially in a relegation fight.

The left-back still plays on a regular basis for the Gunners but is seen more as back-up or a rotation option for the likes of Nacho Monreal than a key first team starter himself.

It’s that promise of a key role that could prove tempting for the defender in any potential move to Palace.