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Jack Cork To Continue Southampton Exodus By Joining Palace?

Following a number of high profile departures from Southampton already this summer, Jack Cork could be readying himself to leave too, with both Palace and Swansea supposedly interested in signing the defender.

The 25-year-old began his professional career at Chelsea in 2006, but after seven loan spells away from Stamford Bridge, Cork left the Blues for Southampton in 2011.

Since then, the Sutton born centre-back has gone on to make 112 appearances for the South Coast outfit, although sadly, he has never managed to get himself on the scoresheet.

With the likes of Lambert, Lallana, Lovren and Chambers having already made their way out of the Southampton set-up, there are rumours that a number of others, including Cork are keen on following them, and given their current employer’s recent attitude towards player sales, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see one or two more leave before the summer is over.

Having failed in our bid to bring Steven Caulker to SE25 a week or so ago, the potential signing of Cork would make a great deal of sense, as Tony Pulis looks to add some much-needed depth to our defensive set-up.

Do you think Cork has what it takes to challenge Damien Delaney and Scott Dann for a place in our starting line-up next season? Or would you rather we focussed our efforts elsewhere?

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Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry Turns Down The Chance To Join Palace

Arsenal’s attacking midfielder Serge Gnabry is believed to have turned down the opportunity to join Crystal Palace this week, seemingly happier at the prospect of fighting for his place in an Arsenal side now full to the brim with attacking talent.

The 19-year-old, who played 14 times for Arsenal last season, only put pen to paper on a new five-year deal at The Emirates last season, but with the likes of Özil, Ramsey, Walcott, Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain all vying for places in the starting eleven this term, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Gnabry sidelined for the majority of the campaign.

The German will no doubt make it into the Arsenal side on a few occasions throughout the coming months, but there is no doubt that a move to Selhurst Park would have seen him playing a far more pivotal role in than he will do by staying in North London.

With rumours of interest in him from Southampton, Newcastle and even Borussia Dortmund, Gnabry could well be open to a move elsewhere, but with no concrete offers on the table from the clubs in question as of yet, it seems as though he’s prepared to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place.

Who knows, should things not go to plan for the teenager, it may be a deal we could revisit in the January transfer window, until then, we will simply shift our gaze elsewhere.

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