Nathan Ferguson transfer update as Crystal Palace linked with Celtic and Rangers striker target
Crystal Palace continue to be linked with West Bromwich Albion defender Nathan Ferguson ahead of the summer transfer window, with Premier League football currently suspended
Crystal Palace may not be in action on the pitch at the moment, but the Eagles are still in the news.
With the United Kingdom now set to enter a third week of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, no professional football has been played in England since the second week of March and will not be for the foreseeable future.
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and the rest of the Premier League are currently awaiting news for when football can return, with the number of cases of coronavirus still increasing.
The Premier League confirmed an indefinite suspension of the competition on Friday following a conference call with stakeholders, with no date set as yet for a potential resumption of the 2019/20 season.
But Premier League clubs, including Palace, continue to help support the local community, with telephone calls to elderly supporters, donations to foodbanks and food parcels delivered to vulnerable people, among other things.
In terms of football, there are no games, but clubs continue to be linked with players ahead of the summer transfer window.
Crystal Palace were close to signing Nathan Ferguson from West Bromwich Albion in January.
A deal had been agreed for the full-back to join Palace from the Championship side, but the move collapsed after an issue with his knee was picked up during the defender's medical.
As a result, Ferguson stayed at The Hawthorns, although he has not featured since and has undergone surgery on his knee.
But the transfer speculation has continued, with the 19-year-old out of contract this summer and his future seemingly lying away from West Brom.
Following the January transfer window, West Brom technical director Luke Dowling : "The discussions we've had with his representatives since deadline day suggest that he will still leave us at the end of the season.
"We look at ourselves and we know the size of the contract we offered and the opportunity we've given him on the pitch so we've done everything we can.
Other clubs are interested in signing him, but Palace are understood to still be in pole position to land the teenager, with the Eagles confident that they will sign him, while the report that Ferguson is believed to be keen on a move to London.
Palace chairman Steve Parish recently said: “It was impossible from our medical team that you would see that player again this season, but he has six months to run on his contract in January, and we are still keen on that deal and we are confident we can make that happen.
“We think an awful lot of the player and we don’t want to go to our second choice."
Crystal Palace could be set to go head-to-head with arch-rivals Brighton & Hove Albion in the transfer market this summer.
That's according to , with the two Premier League clubs among those linked with Austrian striker Adrian Grbic.
The 23-year-old has impressed for Clermont in France's Ligue 2 this season, scoring 17 goals so far during the campaign after moving from Austrian side Altach last summer.
He has attracted plenty of attention with his performances, with Scottish duo Rangers and Celtic among the other clubs linked with Grbic, who has a contract with Clermont until the summer of 2022.
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UEFA have confirmed that games can be played in July and August, if needed.
Plenty have speculated on when football will return from its global shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the Premier League have admitted that matches will not return in early May.
Reports in Germany have suggested that European competition would have to be completed in early August, but yesterday to refute that a date had been set by president Aleksander Ceferin.
"UEFA is currently analysing all options to complete domestic and European seasons with the European Club Association and the European Leagues in the working group set up on 17 March," the statement read.
"The primary priority of all the members of the working group is to preserve public health.
"Following on from that, it is to find calendar solutions to complete all competitions. Options are currently being studied to play matches in July and in August if needed, depending on restart dates and the permission of national authorities."