Gerrard missed as Crystal Palace finalize £15m deal, Tottenham move blocked

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Aston Villa could now miss out on the signing of Lens star Cheick Doucoure with Crystal Palace, who are now believed to be in the making of a deal.

Most of the attention in Lens midfield is on Seko Fofana, who could land a big move to the Premier League himself.

But next to Fofana you can see Doucoure, who himself arouses great interest.

Doucoure has one goal and four assists in 31 Ligue 1 games this season.

This is now reported by The Sun that Crystal Palace will complete a £15m deal to sign Doucoure this summer.

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Palace are believed to have tried to sign Ajax star Edson Alvarez but he would have cost a huge £35million fee.

Palace are therefore aiming for Doucoure for £20m less, with Patrick Vieira seemingly impressed with Doucoure.

If anyone knows what it takes to be a great midfielder, it’s Palace manager Vieira.

Doucoure, 22, has proven to be a fine box-to-box midfielder for Lens and it looks like his Premier League dream is finally about to come true.

Former Lens team-mate Zakaria Diallo has claimed Tottenham made a serious attempt to sign Doucoure last summer.

However, Lens stood in Doucoure’s way and blocked any move to Spurs, leaving the Malian ace “disappointed”.

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Doucoure have continued to shine this season and it looks like Vieira – a former Arsenal man – will succeed where Tottenham failed.

This will also be a blow to Aston Villa.

The Daily Mail claim that Villa also switched for Doucoure last summer and is expected to make a new move this summer.

Steven Gerrard is desperate for new opportunities in midfield and Doucoure could have been a solution at Villa Park.

With Palace now appearing to be well advanced with their move to Doucoure, it seems Villa will have to look elsewhere this summer.

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In other news, Jamie Redknapp says the 23-year-old has solved Arsenal’s ‘main problem’ for years

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