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Our View: Crystal Palace must resist tempting move for £8.9m million man; one reason why

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According to the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace are keen on a move for Marseille left-back Jordan Amavi.

While that report is almost a month old, a fresher update from L’Equipe states that the Ligue 1 side can’t afford to keep the Frenchman.

They are worried about losing the man they paid £8.9 million for on a free.

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In that respect, the Eagles might be tempted to take advantage of the situation and sign the former Aston Villa man – however, he should be avoided.

Why? Well, signing Amavi would surely disturb the development of Tyrick Mitchell, who has broken into the first-team in impressive fashion this season.

As we have already detailed, his exclusion upon the return of Patrick van Aanholt was unfair, so the last thing he needs is for another seasoned professional to challenge him even more.

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In the Netherlands international, Mitchell has a decent competitor who he can learn from in an attacking sense, and ultimately look to replace.

However, while a move for Amavi would be tempting seeing as he may be available for free, Dougie Freedman cannot risk the development of a player who could become the next Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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Additionally, if the unthinkable happens and Roy Hodgson finds himself without van Aanholt or Mitchell through injury, Jairo Riedewald is capable of deputising.

We saw glimpses of what the ex-Ajax man can do at left-back last season, when he won the Player of the Month award in January while operating as part of the backline.

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