Crystal Palace eye Chelsea kid Reece James to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka after £50m Man Utd transfer

CRYSTAL PALACE are willing to wait for Chelsea youngster Reece James — their first choice to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

James, 19, is back at Chelsea after a loan at Wigan and will not go out again until the Blues hear from Fifa about their transfer ban.

Reece James is wanted by Crystal Palace after they sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Man Utd
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The right-back is expected to be fit by late August after picking up an ankle injury with England Under-20s.

Palace would take him on loan or full-time in one of the next two transfer windows.

James was carried off on a stretcher while playing for England Under-20s at the Toulon Tournament last month.

There were concerns the 19-year-old full-back had broken an ankle when he went down in the 37th minute against Chile.

He needed oxygen on the pitch but scans showed no break for the teenager.

James’ form at Wigan attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs, with Brighton challenging Palace for his signature.

SunSport also told you back in March how Burnley were keeping close tabs on the full-back and were looking to line up a deal.

Top Turf Moor scout Mike Rigg identified James as a key target to fill their problem position.



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