Tue. Sep 22nd, 2020

Crystal Palace See Bid Rejected for QPR Star Eberechi Eze

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Palace have had a £12m bid rejected for Eze | George Wood/Getty Images

Crystal Palace have had a £12m bid for Eberechi Eze rejected by QPR, with West Brom and West Ham also in contention to land the England Under-21 international.

The attacking midfielder enjoyed a major breakthrough season during the 2019/20 campaign, hitting 14 goals and emerging as one of the most exciting young players in the Championship.

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Eze is the subject of interest from Crystal Palace, West Ham and West Brom | Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

His performances have understandably attracted interest from a number of Premier League outfits, with Crystal Palace, West Brom and West Ham all circling.

According to the Guardian, Palace placed a £12m plus add-ons bid on Monday for Eze. QPR had initially been looking for £20m for the 22-year-old, but given the current financial circumstances, this has been reduced to around the £16m mark.

West Brom secured promotion to the top flight after a two-year absence on the final day of the Championship season following a 2-2 draw with QPR – with Eze himself scoring a stunning solo goal – and the club held informal talks with the Hoops last week.

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Eze enjoyed a prolific goalscoring campaign for QPR during the 2019/20 season | Andrew Redington/Getty Images

West Ham are also interested in the youngster – although any transfer would first be dependent on the Hammers raising funds by shifting Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini.

Eze established himself in the QPR first team during the 2018/19 season, having spent time out on loan at Wycombe the previous year.

Despite having their initial bid rejected, Palace are expected to return with an improved offer. The Eagles have had their eye on Eze for some time, but will likely have their transfer activity determined by the movement of Wilfried Zaha this summer.

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Palace’s transfer activity will likely be dictated by the movement of Zaha | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Zaha has not been shy about his intention to leave Selhurst Park, having put in a transfer request last summer amid interest from Arsenal and Everton.

The Toffees are reportedly ready to renew their interest again during the transfer window, but could face competition from Newcastle.

Palace are poised to be prepared to let Zaha go if the price is right – which is reportedly around the £40m mark.

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