Crystal Palace are thought to be one of the sides leading the race for Birmingham City midfielder Jordan James, TEAMtalk report.
The Lowdown: James profiled
James is 17 years of age and recently penned a professional contract at St. Andrew’s through to 2024.
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The youngster has been a regular for The Blues since signing that deal, making 17 Championship appearances this season.
He is primarily a central midfielder but has actually turned out in defensive and attacking midfield roles, while also playing on either flank, showing impressive versatility at such a young age [Transfermarkt].
Lee Bowyer has described James as a player with plenty of energy who ‘ticks a lot of boxes’, and it seems as if his displays in the second tier have caught the eye at Selhurst Park.
The Latest: Palace links
They led with a title suggesting that Palace, Everton and Wolves are leading the way in the race to sign the midfielder, whereas Brighton, Southampton and West Ham were also name-checked with an interest.
The Verdict: Shrewd move?
Palace have already acquired the services of young striker Luke Plange from Derby County in 2022, and it seems as if they now have their eye on James.
The Eagles agreed to loan Plange back to Derby for the second half of the season, and a similar agreement with Birmingham in the summer could be appealing.
You’d expect Palace view James as a long-term project at just 17 years of age, so a permanent view and loaning the player back to the Midlands could be worth considering for the highly-rated midfielder.
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