Premier League Side Crystal Palace Sign Super Eagles Prospect Ebere Eze

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Ebere has represented England at U-20 and U21 levels. Photo: [email protected] Palace.

 

 

Eberechi Eze became Roy Hodgson’s most expensive signing in his time as Crystal Palace manager on Friday, joining for a reported £20 million ($26.5 million) from second-tier Queens Park Rangers.

Hodgson saw off rivals West Bromwich Albion and West Ham to secure the signature of the 22-year-old forward, who penned a five-year contract.

Eze, who scored 20 goals in 112 appearances for QPR and has been capped at Under-20 and Under-21 level by England, said Palace offered the chance for him to develop as a player. he

“As a football club, I feel like there are great players here and it’s a brilliant opportunity for me to come and be with these players, to link up with them and to really push on,” he said in a club statement.

Palace succeeded at the third time of asking after having bids of £8 million and £12 million rejected.

“Eberechi is a player whose development we have followed closely,” said Palace chairman Steve Parish.

“We are delighted he has chosen to sign for us over the other clubs that were interested and we feel that this is the right club for him to continue his development.”

QPR manager Mark Warburton had stipulated Eze would only leave if the club’s £20 million valuation was met.

The deal is reportedly for £16 million upfront with £4 million in potential add-ons.

Belgium striker Christian Benteke remains Palace’s most expensive signing, bought for an initial £27 million in August 2016.

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Pinnick Meets England-Born Midfielder Ebere Eze Over Chances To Play For Nigeria

 

 

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick on Saturday, November 23, 2019, met with England born midfielder Ebere Eze to discuss the chances of his playing for the Super Eagles. 

Although born in England, Eze is of Nigerian descent and in July 2017 trained with the Super Eagles.

Since then, however, he has played for the England U20 and U21s but yet to make a senior appearance for any side which has left his international future open.

The NFF President was at the Fulham v QPR Championship game of Friday to watch Nigeria-eligible Ebere Eze in action.

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The President who maintains a keen interest in the player had also met with his father previously trying to get a decision on his international career.

On Sunday, Eze also visited President Pinnick in the latter’s London home.

During discussions, the player was informed of the President’s desire, which echoes that of many Nigerians to see Ebere Eze switch allegiance and start playing his international football for Nigeria.

The NFF says talks are ongoing but the player has requested the chance to continue to focus on his club career which is going well so far, and that further progress will be made in due course.