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Published: Sat, January 28, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Patrick van Aanholt: Crystal Palace medical for Sunderland defender

Patrick van Aanholt: Crystal Palace medical for Sunderland defender

Crystal Palace agree a £14m fee with Sunderland for defender Patrick Van Aanholt, according to Sky sources.

A successful conclusion to the talks would reunite Van Aanholt with Palace boss Sam Allardyce, for whom he played at the Stadium of Light last season as the Black Cats fought yet another successful battle against relegation.

Van Aanholt will be Allardyce's second signing since he took charge of Palace as Alan Pardew's replacement last month.

Progress has been made in the pursuit of Van Aanholt since Palace were unable to agree terms with fellow full-back Jenkinson, but when asked if that transfer could be revived, Allardyce said: "Maybe". I know what he can do so I'm not apprehensive about him playing'. "I'm sure the medical will be okay and that Patrick will be looking forward to joining us". "Major part of that success story", Allardyce told reporters.

"Goals and assists contribution was massive".

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"He has great energy and is a very good player".

"He and Schluppy will increase the speed and energy levels of the squad", he stressed. "If everything goes well, I look forward to him joining me again here". Maybe we can still get it done, but there are several we'll be hopeful for between now and Tuesday.

The Holland worldwide submitted a formal transfer request to Stadium of Light officials earlier this week, leading to Crystal Palace's formalised interest and a deal worth a potential £14m with performance related bonuses included.

He has only just recovered from a hamstring injury and is expected at training today.

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