Jeffrey Schlupp completes move to Crystal Palace

Defending Premier League champions Leicester City have sold winger Jeffrey Schlupp to Crystal Palace for a fee believed to be in the region of £12.5 million.

Schlupp is accustomed to playing both a wide forward and full back role and his versatility will undoubtedly be a big asset for the Eagles as they look to move away from the relegation zone in the second half of the season.

West Brom and Aston Villa were both also believed to be interested in the 24-year-old before he chose Palace, after it had been reported that he was unsettled due to his lack of playing time for the Foxes.

“I am delighted we have been able to secure Jeffrey’s services, he is a player I have admired for some time and is a talented and athletic player,” Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce said.

“He will bring strength and experience to the defence and will be a major asset for the club having just turned 24-years-old.”

While Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri admitted the player had requested a transfer in the January transfer window.

“I spoke with him, he spoke with the club. Of course, he is not happy,” he said. “He is a fantastic man, a fantastic player, and I said if he wants to go, he can go.

“But also after this is the money. It has to be right for the club. If the right money arrives then he can go. He has he told us he wants to go and that is normal.”

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