Crystal Palace have had an offer for Eberechi Eze rejected by Queens Park Rangers but Roy Hodgson’s side remain in contention to sign the England Under-21 forward along with West Brom and West Ham.
QPR had initially hoped to receive £20m for a player who scored 14 times in the Championship this season but it is understood that Palace’s bid on Monday was significantly lower. The west London club are holding out for a fee of around £16m for the 22-year-old who began his career at Millwall amid continued interest from both David Moyes and Slaven Bilic, who guided West Brom to promotion last month following a 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns on the final day of the season in which Eze scored a brilliant individual goal for the visitors.
It is understood that West Brom held informal talks with QPR last week, while Palace are expected to return with an increased bid having monitored the south London-born player’s progress for some time. The move is not believed to be contingent on a transfer for Wilfried Zaha, who has made no secret of his desire to leave Selhurst Park and is currently away on holiday. Palace have yet to receive any formal bids for the 27-year-old Ivory Coast international, who has three years of his £120,000 a week deal remaining.
West Ham have also expressed an interest in signing Eze, although any move could be contingent on finding buyers for Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini.