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According to The Athletic, Crystal Palace are in talks with Leicester regarding a move for Demarai Gray.

The England Under-21 international – who cost Leicester £5 million – finds himself out of contract at the King Power Stadium in June.

Gray also finds himself out of favour under Brendan Rodgers, and has played just 18 minutes of Premier League football this season – coincidentally against the Eagles.

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Due to his contract situation, the Daily Mail believe he’s available this month for just £1.8 million, as Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen also fight for his signature.

Now, for just £1.8 million, the south Londoners would be silly not to sign Gray.

Roy Hodgson is in need of more wide men.

Due to Wilfried Zaha’s switch to centre-forward, Palace only really have Andros Townsend and Jeffrey Schlupp as natural wingers, seeing as Eberechi Eze likes to drift infield.

Additionally, at just 24 years of age, there is a feeling that Gray has plenty of potential yet to be fulfilled, while his lack of game-time under Rodgers means he should be hungry to prove himself.

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With Palace also needing to lower their average squad age, the fact he’s under 25 is another bonus.

The Eagles have benefitted from players who have something to prove in recent years.

Names such as Yannick Bolasie – discarded by Bristol City before arriving at Selhurst Park – and Damien Delaney, who was considering quitting football before Dougie Freedman signed him, spring to mind.

Even if Gray does turn out to be a flop, Palace would be foolish not to take a gamble on him for just £1.8m.

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