Man Utd transfer blow as Crystal Palace poised to win race for Derby wonderkid Malcolm Ebiowei

CRYSTAL PALACE are set to win the race for hot prospect Malcolm Ebiowei.

The 18-year-old winger is available on a free transfer after leaving Derby.

Malcolm Ebiowei, left, is a free agent after leaving Derby and could join Crystal Palace

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Malcolm Ebiowei, left, is a free agent after leaving Derby and could join Crystal PalaceCredit: PA

He was being pursued by Manchester United and Monaco.

But Palace appear to have beaten off the competition to sign a player who made 16 appearances for Wayne Rooney’s Rams in the Championship this term.

Eboiwei is understood to have undergone a medical on Monday.

And it is believed he has agreed a contract until 2027.

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He follows the same path as forward Luke Plange.

Plange left Pride Park for Selhurst Park for £1million in January, before returning to Derby on loan.

Palace have a rich recent history of signing young players from the lower leagues.

Ebere Eze joined from QPR in 2020 for around £17m and flourished before an Achilles injury hampered his progress.

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And Michael Olise, signed from Reading for £8m last summer, shone in the second half of the season just finished.

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Antony looked close to a £40m switch from Ajax before the Dutch champs reportedly raised their demands.

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