Liverpool have taken a keen interest in signing Crystal Palace youngster Joseph Hungbo.
The 17-year-old burst onto the scene two years ago, scoring on his Under 18 debut – as a second-half substitute he volleyed home a late left-footed winning goal – and has progressed since.
Hungbo, who is comfortable playing on the wing or in the Number 10 role, has captained the U18 side this season as a second-year scholar, transitioning into the centre of a new 3-4-2-1 formation after mostly playing out wide last year.
His performances have not only attracted interest at club level, but also at international level. England sent scouts to keep a keen eye on his progress several times last season, although he is also eligible to play for Nigeria.
A Three Lions’ scout was in attendance at the Eagles’ U16 match against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, to keep an eye on one of the Palace players.
There is further good news for the academy as Luke Dreher put pen to paper on a new contract. His current deal was set to expire at the end of the season, but the well-regarded 18-year-old has committed his future to Palace for the foreseeable future.
Dreher spent a significant part of last season on the sidelines with injuries, and also picked up a knock during pre-season, which has kept him out of action for the opening Development Squad fixtures. A loan is possible in January, but U23 boss Richard Shaw is keen to see the midfielder get as much game time as possible.
Meanwhile, Palace continue to sound out a possible site for a new training ground. Planning permission to develop the current Copers Cope Road site was rejected, whilst it looks unlikely that they will permanently purchase the rented facility across the road at Goals due to the significant cost that would be involved.