Allardyce: Schlupp was desperate to come

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The Eagles boss considers their new Ghanaian acquisition to be quite a bargain

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce is excited about his side's signing of Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester City.

The Ghana international joined the Eagles on a four-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee on Friday, after struggling for playing time at King Power Stadium.

Palace reportedly had a first £9 million bid for the 24-year-old turned down, amid interest from West Brom and Aston Villa.

"Jeffrey brings a lot of energy, experience for a young man," Allardyce said.

"He was part of a Premier League-winning run last year. He can play in a couple of positions.

"We lack a bit of pace in the side. Jeffrey should be a bit of a dynamic edge.

"He was actually quite cheap compared to the prices we've been quoted for other players.

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"He was desperate to come, desperate to leave Leicester even though they were champions. He wants to play more."

Schlupp made his first appearance for Palace in a 3-0 league reversal to West Ham United on Saturday.


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