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201-goal striker, two Champions League winners: Three players Crystal Palace narrowly missed out on

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In many cases, a club will be able to tell you about a player or two who they missed out on, before they went on to become world-class.

In fact, Arsene Wenger could probably talk for hours about his own failed pursuits, having admitted to nearly signing Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to name a few – the Daily Mail can reveal a few more.

In Crystal Palace’s case, they too have their fair share of transfer woes.

Here are three world-class players the Eagles narrowly missed out on…

Harry Kane

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Yep, Crystal Palace could’ve signed the man who now boasts 201 goals in 301 games for Tottenham, as well as a World Cup Golden Boot.

Neil Warnock admitted that the south Londoners felt they had a chance of signing Kane on loan, but his participation in Spurs’ Europa League campaign ruled out his exit chances according to the BBC.

Virgil van Dijk

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Again admitted by Warnock, the Eagles could’ve signed the reigning European Player of the Year and arguably one of the best centre-backs of all-time.

However, Palace’s chief scout felt the Champions League-winning Dutchman was too slow, and blocked Warnock from completing a £6 million move for Van Dijk in 2014 while he was at Celtic, according to the Independent.

Alphonso Davies

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One of the hottest left-backs in world football right now in Alphonso Davies could’ve been a Palace player, as Steve Parish admitted to the Daily Mail.

The Canadian flyer was noticed by Parish’s Vancouver-based sister, who emailed him to recommend the Eagles pursue Davies’ signature.

However, Palace couldn’t get a work permit sorted and the 20-year-old eventually moved to Bayern Munich, where he’s just become a Champions League winner.

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