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Palace To Make Move For Lazio Defender?

The Daily Mail are reporting this morning that Tony Pulis will make a move for Lazio centre-back Michaël Ciani within the next few days.

The French-born defender has been in Rome since 2012, following a move from Bordeaux, having played for Racing Paris, Charleroi, Auxerre, Sedan and Lorient beforehand, with a move to the Premier League likely to interest him.

Standing at 6’2, the 30-year-old is reportedly available for just £1.2 million, and following the club’s failed attempt to sign Steven Caulker, the Mail are claiming that Ciani is the man who Pulis has identified as his next defensive target.

As is always the way with these stories, it’s impossible to know whether there is even the slightest shred of truth to it until an official comment is made from one of the parties involved, but given our obvious needs in this summer’s transfer window, reinforcements at centre-back and left-back are an obvious priority.

One things for sure, at just over £1 million, the defender certainly wouldn’t be out of our price-range, and given the fee we were prepared to pay to secure Caulker’s services, it could turn out to be a very shrewd piece of business, providing of course, that it’s not a complete work of fiction from those charming fellows over at The Mail.

 

VIDEO: Ramage, Murray & Chamakh On Target In Richmond

Crystal Palace rounded off their US tour last night with a 3-0 victory over Richmond Kickers, extending their unbeaten run in pre-season to four games.

After a relatively cagey opening to the game from both sides, it was Peter Ramage who put Palace in front with 10 minutes to go in the first-half thanks to a close-range header following a corner from Jason Puncheon.

Just seven minutes into the second period, the Eagles doubled their lead when Glenn Murray, who had been deployed as a makeshift centre-back thanks to a number of niggling injuries throughout the squad, headed home emphatically from another Jason Puncheon corner.

With around 20 minutes left, Palace added their third and final goal of the night, when Barry Bannan, who had entered the field of play just four minutes beforehand, delivered a perfect cross from the left-hand side to find Marouane Chamakh in space in the penalty area, to make it a hat-trick of headers for the team.

The squad will now travel home, before playing Brentford on Saturday, as they continue to build towards the start of the Premier League season away to Arsenal on August 16th.

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