Crystal Palace have signed left-back Patrick Van Aanholt from Sunderland. The Eagles agreed terms with the Black Cats and the deal is set to be worth £12 million if certain clauses are met. An earlier bid of £7 million was rejected earlier in the month.
Sunderland accepted a bid from Palace on Friday after a transfer request was submitted by the player. This transfer allows the player to be reunited with Sam Allardyce whom he worked with during the tenure of Allardyce at Sunderland.
The 26 year old arrived at the Stadium of Light for a mere £1.5 million in 2014 and during that time was a key player for Sunderland, making 79 Premier League appearances and scoring seven goals for the club.
With Pape Souare, out of the rest of the season, Allardyce is said to have made signing a left back a priority for the struggling club.
Palace were also reportedly interested in former Manchester United player Patrice Evra, Leed’s full back Charlie Taylor and Norwich’s Robbie Brady.
Van Aanholt has become the second signing made by Palace this month after Jeffrey Schlupp was acquired from reigning Premier League champions Leicester City earlier in the month.
Palace are struggling in the Premier League, languishing in 18th position with 16 points after 22 games. They will play 12th place Bournemouth on Tuesday.
Sam Allardyce has reportedly said that he expects Van Aanholt to increase the energy and intensity of the team. Seeing that Allardyce is obviously a fan of the player, he will almost definitely be required to play a key role for the club as they attempt to avoid being relegated. Van Aanholt played a key role for Sunderland as they avoided relegation under Alardyce. Crystal Palace will be hoping that he can emulate that form for their club.