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Tottenham Defender Becomes No.1 Target For Crystal Palace In January

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Ben Davies

Tottenham defender Ben Davies looks highly likely to leave the club in this January transfer window owing to lack of first-team opportunities. Danny Rose has simply been impeccable in the left back position, while he has been even better as a wingback. It would be tough for any player to dislodge the England international from this position, and Davies is not the only one struggling. The Welsh international, though, is concerned about the lack of first-team opportunities, which could end up affecting his international career.

As a result, he is keen on a move and it could be within the Premier League, as according to the latest reports from Express Sport, Crystal Palace are considering a move for the defender. Sam Allardyce was recently appointed as the successor for Alan Pardew and he is yet to win a game since taking charge, but the former Newcastle and the West Ham manager is expected to be backed quite significantly in the transfer window.

One of the key areas to strengthen appears to be the left side of the defence, which has been weakened by the absence of Pape Souare, who suffered a car crash several months ago. His future in the game remains in doubt.

Davies was reportedly a surprise transfer target for Chelsea, but now it appears that the table leaders have cooled their interest. The interest from Chelsea upon Davies forced Crystal Palace to look elsewhere with the club reportedly making an enquiry for Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt. However, they have now switched their attention back to Davies, who has managed just three league starts this season.

He scored one of the goals in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup. It has once again put him in the focus ahead of a potential move. The 23-year-old will fit perfectly into the physical kind of full-back that Sam Allardyce prefers. He has a contract with Spurs until the summer of 2019. Even though the club has been involved in a contract signing spree over the last six months, Davies has not been offered a new deal. It is a major sign that Mauricio Pochettino does not rate the Welsh international in his squad.

Crystal Palace have been forced into using Joel Ward as the left back since Allardyce took over. Bringing in a left-sided defender will be the key priority for the Premier League strugglers, who are just one place above the relegation zone. Spurs, meanwhile, entered into the top three after an extended gap following a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the midweek action. After the weekend’s action in the FA Cup, Premier League returns to White Hart Lane with a game against West Brom next week.

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