Crystal Palace has completed the signing of Eberechi Eze from QPR in a deal worth £19.5million. Reports say Palace has made an initial payment of £14m up front for the 22-year-old winger who agreed a five-year deal at Selhurst Park.
After finalising his move from QPR, Eze said: “As a football club, I feel like there are great players here and it’s a brilliant opportunity for me to come and be with these players, to link up with them and to really push on”.
The England U-21 international who scored 14 goals in 46 appearances in the Sky Bet Championship for QPR last season, had attracted interest from newly-promoted sides, Fulham and West Brom, Newcastle, but, opted to join the Eagles instead.
Palace previously had bids of £8m and £12m rejected, with QPR manager, Mark Warburton, making it clear that Eze would only leave if the club’s £20m valuation was met. The deal to secure his services is for £16m up front with £4m in potential add-ons.
QPR has a 20 per cent sell-on clause built into the agreement and their director of football Les Ferdinand said: “You never want to lose one of your best players but the situation dictates that it’s necessary so that we can, ultimately, grow and progress.
“I have no doubts Ebere will go on to enjoy a fantastic career in the game at the very top level.
“Allied to his natural talent, Ebere is an incredibly motivated, determined and humble individual and that is why there has been so much interest in him from Premier League sides”.
Palace chairman, Steve Parish, feels the deal underlines the club’s commitment to buying younger players, and said: “Eberechi is a player whose development we have followed closely. We are delighted he has chosen to sign for us over the other clubs that were interested and we feel that this is the right club for him to continue his development”.
“With our Academy recently securing Category 1 status, this further illustrates our focus on youth as we look to consolidate and improve upon our position as a Premier League club”.