Crystal Palace hot up chase to sign Bristol City winger Albert Adomah
CRYSTAL Palace are preparing to table an improved offer for Bristol City star Albert Adomah.
City yesterday rejected a bid from the South London club, who want to recruit the Ghana winger as a long-term replacement for Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha.
The Post can reveal that City are likely to sell if Palace offer a guaranteed £2 million up front for Adomah, who still has 18 months to run on his Ashton Gate contract.
Palace's opening bid fell well short of that, but Eagles boss Ian Holloway has a sizeable transfer fund at his disposal now that Zaha looks certain to join the Premier League leaders.
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Manchester United last night agreed a £15m deal for Zaha, who has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract, and Palace are set to receive £10m up front.
As revealed in The Post on December 19, Holloway is a big admirer of the Ghana international and sees him as an ideal replacement for Zaha.
Although Zaha will be loaned back to Palace until the end of the season as part of the deal that takes him to Old Trafford, Holloway is looking for a long-term replacement.
Adomah is on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ghana in South Africa and helped the Black Stars beat Mali 1-0 in a group game in Port Elizabeth yesterday. A move to the capital would be attractive to the 25-year-old Londoner, who is a good friend of Palace winger and former City team-mate Yannick Bolasie, pictured.
He also has a good relationship with Eagles assistant manager Keith Millen, who worked with Adomah during his time in charge of City.
Adomah has made no secret of his ambition to play in the Premier League and the Eagles are vying for promotion, while City are propping up the Championship table and battling to avoid relegation to League One.
While an offer of around £2m will test City's resolve, they had no hesitation in turning down Palace's opening bid.
A club statement said: "Bristol City FC can confirm a written offer has been received for winger Albert Adomah. That offer has been rejected. The club plans to make no further comment."
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