Some Crystal Palace fans have taken to Twitter to react after it was revealed that a £25m bid for Reece James had been rejected by Chelsea.
The 19-year-old has never played a single second of Premier League football in his career. James got his first taste of senior football out on loan with Wigan last season, where he performed superbly and ended the campaign in the Championship Team of the Season.
The teenager scored three goals and recorded three assists in 45 league appearances for the Latics.
Chelsea are currently under a transfer ban so no departing players would be able to be replaced, whilst Frank Lampard is said to have given James assurances over his playing time for the upcoming season.
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Palace have £50m from the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka burning a hole in their pocket, and judging by their substantial offer for the Chelsea right-back, the Eagles are keen to sign a competent replacement before the deadline.
Let’s see how some of the Palace fans on Twitter reacted to the news…
8 weeks of the transfer window & we wait 7 days until it closes to make a bid. What did they expect Chelsea to do?
— Danny ‘E.H.G’ Perry ? (@80scorpio80) August 2, 2019
Really want him, but with him currently injured and £25m being rejected, we might have to look elsewhere!
Although his value would double if he has a good season, so might be worth it?#cpfc
— Thomas Broad ? (@_thomasdbroad) August 2, 2019
Smokescreen bid. He’s injured
— Laurence Hill ? (@LaurenceH_CPFC) August 2, 2019
Why on earth did we bid 25 for Reece James who is injured? Castagne would cost 5 million less and can play now, and they’re transfer banned so not really looking to sell just in case of injuries. This club sometimes.
— Crystal Palace Waco (@PalaceWaco) August 2, 2019
Think we’re wasting our time here, Chelsea won’t let him go with the ban this season.
— E-Crystal Palace (@e_crystalpalace) August 2, 2019
Nice to know we’re trying. https://t.co/lMkXtVIkzr
— Joe Walker ? (@ohjoewalker) August 2, 2019