Crystal Palace confirm the signing of midfielder Cheick Doucoure in a £22m deal from Lens… with the Mali international becoming Patrick Vieira’s third new arrival of the summer
- Crystal Palace had made Cheick Doucoure their number one target this summer
- The 22-year-old midfielder made 34 appearances in Ligue 1 for Lens last season
- Doucoure appears to be a ready-made replacement for Cheikhou Kouyate
- Palace have also signed Malcolm Ebiowei and Sam Johnstone in this window
Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Mali international Cheick Doucoure on a five-year contract.
It is believed that the Eagles agreed a £22million fee plus a sell-on clause with French club Lens for the midfielder’s signature.
Doucoure, 22, becomes Patrick Vieira’s third new arrival of the summer after teenage winger Malcolm Ebiowei and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Mali international Cheick Doucoure from Lens
‘I’m very happy, I feel a lot of joy and a lot of pride to be a Palace player,’ Doucoure said. ‘I’m proud to be at Palace today.’
‘Cheick’s arrival is yet another statement of intent, demonstrating our ambition to further improve the squad this summer,’ Palace chairman Steve Parish added.
‘We are extremely confident that Cheick will adapt seamlessly to the rigours of the Premier League and that he will contribute positively to the squad, and I wish him all the very best for his time with us.’
It is a significant coup for Palace, who made Doucoure their number one target this summer.
The 22-year-old made 34 appearances in Ligue 1 last season and helped Lens finish seventh
Doucoure is lined up as a ready-made replacement for departing midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate
The 22-year-old made 34 appearances in Ligue 1 last season and helped Lens finish seventh in the table as he formed a strong partnership with Arsenal and Newcastle target Seko Fofana at the base of midfield.
Lens did not need to sell and rejected Palace’s opening bid of £14.5million, but once the Eagles improved their offer it was hard for the French side to turn down.
Eight-cap Mali international Doucoure appears to be a ready-made replacement for Cheikhou Kouyate, who is expected to leave Selhurst Park as a free agent this summer.
Meanwhile, Fulham have asked about the availability of Luka Milivojevic, 31, who could be allowed to leave Palace as he is now in the final 12 months of his contract.
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