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Leicester had a £7m bid for the Wigan midfielder accepted earlier this week but the Eagles have now made a move to gazump their Premier League rivals before Monday's deadline

By Graeme Bailey

Crystal Palace have stolen a march on Leicester City by opening talks with Wigan Athletic over a move for James McArthur.

The newly promoted side agreed a £7 million fee with the Latics for the 26-year-old earlier this week but Palace have now made a move to gazump their Premier League rivals by matching the offer.

The Eagles have subsequently been given permission to speak with McArthur as they look to make up for lost time in the transfer market.

Palace are poised to sign Wilfried Zaha on loan from Manchester United on Friday, having already acquired Fraizer Campbell, Scott Dann, Brede Hangeland, Martin Kelly and Chris Kettings.

Yet transfer business had been put on hold following the shock departure of Tony Pulis, with new boss Neil Warnock set to move quickly and bolster his squad before Monday's transfer deadline.

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