Premier League: Crystal Palace complete signing of Leicester winger

Jeffrey Schlupp has become Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce’s first signing of the January transfer window.

Competition: Schlupp had also reportedly interested fellow Midlands clubs West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa (Picture from Sky Sports)

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of versatile Leicester City winger Jeffrey Schlupp.

Sources close to Sky Sports understand the 24-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year deal after the clubs agreed a £12 million fee on Thursday.

The Ghanaian international had asked to leave the King Power Stadium after finding first-team opportunities hard to come by with the Premier League champions this season.

A £9 million offer had been rejected earlier in the week but Schlupp has now become Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce’s first signing of the January transfer window.

Speaking before Leicester’s game against Chelsea on Saturday, Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri said about Schlupp: “Of course, he is not happy.

“He is a fantastic man, a fantastic player, and I said if he wants to go, he can go.”

The move comes after Palace reportedly had a bid rejected for Sunderland full-back Patrick van Aanholt and were interested in the services of former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, who is now at Juventus.

Schlupp is a product of Leicester’s academy after signing as a 13-year-old in 2005 and made his Foxes debut in March 2011, scoring a hat-trick.

He scored 15 goals in 149 appearances and helped them to win the Championship and Premier League titles during his time with the Midlands club but had only made one league start this season.

Schlupp could make his Palace debut in Saturday’s London derby against West Ham at the London Stadium.

Here is what football fans have had to say about Schlupp’s move on social media…

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