The Eagles Are Circling Around Turf Moor

Crystal Palace Chasing Sean Dyche, Dwight McNeil & James Tarkowski

According to media reports, Crystal Palace are planning to make a summer bid for Clarets manager Sean Dyche as well as Dwight McNeil and James Tarkowski. Palace see Dyche as Roy Hodgson’s replacement and are considering bringing forward their original plan to move for the Burnley boss next year.

Crystal Palace could act this summer, as Roy Hodgson turns seventy-three even though the former England manager signed a contract in March to remain in charge for next season. They know Hodgson cannot go on forever and are worried they could miss out on Sean Dyche if they wait until 2021.

Dyche, who has guided Burnley to a fifth successive Premier League campaign would not come cheap as the Clarets would demand £10M compensation for his £4M a year contract he signed in January 2018. The Clarets boss is waiting to hear his budget for this summer and could be tempted away from Turf Moor if funds are no made available. The former Watford manager is ambitious and recently admitted he could be lured away from Turf Moor one day by the right offer to progress his career.

The Eagles are said to be interested in Dwight McNeil and see the England U21 winger as the ideal replacement for the in-demand Wilfried Zaha. Crystal Palace resisited bids from Arsenal & Everton Football Clubs last summer and Newcastle United could want him once their takeover is confirmed. Burnley know they will struggle to retain McNeil long term, despite him being under contract until 2023, and Dyche has predicted he could become the club’s record transfer if he leaves.

Crystal Palace have also identified England International centre-half James Tarkowski as a target due to the fact he is one of Clarets most-consistent performers. Burnley were able to price Leicester City out of a move for him last summer to replace Harry Maguire, but they may be in a weaker position because of financial impact of the virus. Tarkowski has played the full 90 minutes in each of Burnley’s 29 Premier League games this season, scoring one goal. Whilst Dwight McNeil has also been a mainstay of the first team and has contributed two goals and five assists.

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