Joe Aribo is a Crystal Palace ‘target’ as Rangers midfielder wanted to fill void left by loan star’s pending return

Crystal Palace are reportedly keen on Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo as Patrick Vieira plans to mitigate the coming exit of loan star Conor Gallagher.

The Ibrox midfielder has arguably been the champions’ player of the year so far with six goals and the same number of assists this term from midfield.

He was also called up for Nigeria’s doomed AFCON campaign – and the Scottish Sun claim former Scotland cap Dougie Freedman, currently Palace sporting director, watched him in action in Wednesday’s derby loss to Celtic.

It’s claimed Gers chiefs want no less than £10m for their playmaker, who was brought across the border from Charlton for just £300k in a cross-border compensation fee in June 2019.

The lure of Champions League football could help keep him in Glasgow.

But with Ange Postecoglou’s side overtaking the champions in midweek, that’s by no means a certainty if Aribo and Rangers finish as runners-up.

It’s also claimed 20-year-old Celtic winger Liel Abada is on the Selhurst Park watchlist.

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