November 28, 2022

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Palace signal Mali midfielder Doucoure from Lens


Crystal Palace have signed Cheick Doucoure from Lens on a five-year deal for an undisclosed charge.

The midfielder, 22, joined Lens in 2018 and helped the French membership win promotion again to Ligue 1 in 2019-20 after 5 seasons within the second tier.

Doucoure, who has 5 caps for Mali, mentioned he felt “pleasure and a number of satisfaction” to have joined Patrick Vieira’s facet.

He’s Palace’s third summer season signing, alongside striker Malcolm Ebiowei, 18, and England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Doucoure made 34 appearances for Lens final season as they completed seventh within the desk.

“Cheick’s arrival is one more assertion of intent, demonstrating our ambition to additional enhance the squad this summer season,” added Palace chairman Steve Parish.

In the meantime, Nottingham Forest have accomplished the £17m signing of Liverpool defender Neco Williams on a four-year deal.

The Wales right-back, 21, helped Fulham acquire promotion to the Premier League after becoming a member of them on mortgage in January.

Williams is Forest’s sixth signing of the switch window as they put together to return to the highest flight.

“Forest are a membership with unbelievable historical past and the Metropolis Floor is a really particular venue that I can’t wait to expertise in full voice,” he mentioned.

“I’m actually excited to affix Forest and to assist this nice membership transfer forwards within the Premier League.

“Having spoken to the top coach, there’s an enormous quantity of ambition being proven and I can’t wait to affix up with my new team-mates and prepare for the problem forward,” he added.

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