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Transfer gossip: Smolov, Lafont, Ings, Wilshere, Loftus-Cheek

July 1 2018



We round up the week's Crystal Palace transfer rumours and gossip.

Krasnodar's Russian striker Fedor Smolov is being chased by Palace, according football agent Sandor Varga. He said: "I am aware of the interest being shown by Roy Hodgson, the manager of Crystal Palace, also my friend. They are watching him very closely. He could be a good fit for the Premier League." (Sport Express)

Palace are holding talks with 19-year-old Toulouse goalkeeper Alban Lafont. PSV Eindhoven and Fiorentina are also interested in the 6ft 4in stopper. (L’Equipe)

The Eagles are set to beat off competition from Burnley to sign Liverpool striker Danny Ings. The 25-year-old has seen his first-team choices restricted at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp. (The Mirror)

Palace target Jack Wilshere could move abroad to continue his career after officially leaving Arsenal, with Sampdoria, AC Milan and Juventus keen on him. (The Mirror)

Chelsea could let midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek re-join Palace for another season-long loan but are not willing to sell the England World Cup star. (Daily Mail)

Galatasaray want to sign Eagles forward Alexander Sorloth on a season-long loan with an option to buy. The Norway international is vying for the striker spots with Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham. (

Palace have offered manager Roy Hodgson an extension to his new contract that would keep him at Selhurst Park until 2020. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle are set to buy Andros Townsend back from Palace for £18m, to replace Stoke-bound Matt Ritchie. (The Sun)

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