Wednesday, September 22

Palace Grab Olise for £8m

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Reading forward Michael Olise for £8m.

Olise, 19, is Patrick Vieira’s first signing since becoming Palace manager on Sunday.

He played a major role for Reading last season, scoring seven goals in 46 games, and was named EFL Young Player of the season.

“It’s a great club and I’m very excited to be here,” the France Under-18 international said.

Speaking about the move, Olise said, “It’s a big moment – Premier League football. It’s a great club and I’m very excited to be here. Good players, a good manager, so I’m ready to start.”

The EFL star is left footed and is predominately played behind the striker, but is equally adept when deployed on the right wing cutting inside onto his stronger foot.

The young midfielder was one of Reading’s standout performers last season, scoring seven goals and notching 12 assists in 46 league games, and he will wear the No. 7 for Palace.

Despite representing France at youth level Olise also qualifies for England as he was born in London.

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