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Crystal Palace confirm signing of England international Johnstone on free transfer after West Brom exit

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Crystal Palace have confirmed that they have signed England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a free transfer.

The ‘keeper has made the move to Crystal Palace after his contract at West Brom expired. He has penned a four-year deal at Selhurst Park.

Johnstone – who has played three times for England – said: “I’m really excited to be here at Crystal Palace.

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“It’s a great club with fantastic facilities and brilliant supporters. I can’t wait to get started.”

Palace chairman Steve Parish added: “Sam is a player that we have admired for some time, and we are extremely pleased to welcome him to Crystal Palace.

“His extensive experience at club and international level, alongside his outstanding ability, will add even greater depth to our goalkeeping unit.”

Elsewhere, according to reports, RC Lens and Mali midfielder Cheick Doucoure is set to sign for Crystal Palace.

Doucoure progressed through the ranks at French side RC Lens. He has played 131 times for them over the past four seasons.

He is a defensive midfielder and he featured 34 times in Ligue 1 during the 2021/22 campaign.

Back in May, Arsenal and Everton were linked with the Mali international. It was claimed then that he is valued at £9m.

Crystal Palace have beaten their rivals to his signature though. Sky Sports have reported that Doucoure underwent a medical on Thursday.

They state that he is Patrick Vieira’s ‘top transfer target this summer’. Crystal Palace representatives have been ‘seen in France this week’ with them negotiating a fee with RC Lens.

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