In Focus: Eagles’ £12m target ready to shine

As reported in an exclusive by The Sun, Crystal Palace are eyeing up a £12m move for Sevilla’s Spanish star Vicente Iborra in this month’s January transfer window.

What’s the word?

New Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce is keen to put his own stamp on the squad at Selhurst Park and is looking at options in a variety of positions in Palace team, having already landed the signing of Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester.

The Sun reckon one man he is targeting is Sevilla’s experienced mifielder Vicente Iborra and that the deal has advanced to the point that the two clubs are close to agreeing a £12m sale.

Who is he?

Vicente Iborra has been a key part of the Sevilla side that has achieved great success over the last few years. The Spanish club have won the last three UEFA Europa League tournaments and Iborra has featured in two of the three finals.

The midfielder has started more games from the bench than the middle of the park this season and is likely seeking more regular first team football than he’s currently getting.

He was part of the starting XI that ended Real Madrid’s famous unbeaten streak however, finally toppling Zidane’s side after they went 40 games without defeat.

Iborra is well placed to shine in a Crystal Palace shirt, likely to immediately compete for a starting XI place. At 6ft 3in tall, he has the physical attributes to assert himself on English football and his technical abilities hold up too, completing 84% of his passes this season.

Can the 28 year old’s experience and ability help bring Palace to the next level under Allardyce?