Reported Crystal Palace midfield target John Lundstram is available on a free transfer [Scottish Sun].
Making no secret of his future plans, the 27-year-old refused to sign a new deal at Bramall Lane despite Chris Wilder’s best efforts last October [BBC]. Now officially a free agent, he will not be short of options due to his largely successful stay with Sheffield United.
The Liverpudlian made 120 appearances for the Blades, registering nine goals [Transfermarkt].
Despite enduring a disappointing end to his time in Sheffield as his soon-to-be former employers fell into the Championship, Lundstram registered a 84.2% successful pass percentage, illustrating quality on the ball despite plying his trade for a struggling side [WhoScored].
In terms of suitors, Crystal Palace and Scottish side Rangers have been most strongly linked with the midfielder. Steven Gerrard is known to be an admirer of his talents, whilst the Eagles have reportedly been in pursuit since March [TeamTalk].
Though out of contract now, Lundstram would’ve cost around £4 million to acquire in January which has driven the former England Under-20 to run down his deal [Athletic].
Described by pundit Kevin Phillips as a ‘combative midfielder’ with ‘good energy’, there is no doubt he would be great addition to many a squad [Football Insider], with the Eagles reportedly big admirers when Roy Hodgson was at the helm.
Verdict: Lundstram would fit in nicely at Selhurst Park
Fundamentally, Crystal Palace should look to pull the strings necessary to finalise this move. Should he still be a firm target now that Hodgson is gone, there are few midfielders of his Premier League experience available for nothing at all.
Currently in the prime of his career, he would offer composure to the Eagles midfield and a versatility that would be helpful to any new manager arriving at Selhurst Park – the 27 year-old can play in multiple midfield positions and has also played in defence before.
Whether as a starter or an depth player offering a burst of energy off the bench, he would be a shrewd acquisition for the Eagles.
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