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Palace announces new signings ahead of new season
Crystal Palace have announced that they have signed five new players. However, only two will be making an immediate impact.
Palace's first acquisition is that of Sion Allen who has joined Crystal Palace from Manchester United's academy. The 16 year old had signed a pre-contract that will see him earn £55 p/w. In return, Palace had to pay a compensation fee of £925k.
The Eagles have also decided to strengthen in defence. After the purchase of Milosevic, Poyet had stated that he was in the market for another young central defender. After negotiations with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Palace were glad to announce the signing of young, English defender Danny Batth. Danny Batth has put pen-to-paper on a four year deal, which will seen him earn around £13,000 a week. It is believed that Crystal Palace have paid an initial fee of around £2.4 million, with £1 million being spread over the next 47 months. Batth had been at Wolves since 2007, being brought through their academy. He made a total of 33 appearances last season for Wolves in League 1, however manager Gus Poyet believes the young defender has what it takes to make the big step-up into the Premier League.
Palace's third signing of the window is Razak Dauda. The German 18 year old has joined Palace on a free transfer after being released from Bayern Munich's academy. The youngster will most likely go out on loan in order to receive first team football.
Agustin Allione is another youngster that will be playing at Selhurst Park in the coming season. The Argentinian has joined Palace from Vélez in the Argentinian league. At 18, the right sided winger is still very young. It is believed that Gus has been scouting the youngster since he arrived at Selhurst, however wanted to scout him extensively before making the signing. It is believed that Allione was part of a Plan B for Gus, who had originally moved for Vossens' former Genk team-mate Steeven Joseph-Monrose, who has since decided to join Aston Villa. The 18 year old has cost Palace a fee of £3.2 million, however the final transfer fee may rise to £4.3 million due to clauses included in the players contract. He has signed a four year deal, which will see him remain at the club until 2017. He will be earning £5.75k a week.
Palace's final signing thus far, is rather an odd one. Gus has splashed the cash - £2.5 million (which could potentially rise to £5 million) - on 16 year old Ballabeni from Switzerland. The young striker is currently plying his trade in the Argentinian league, and is expected to move to Crystal Palace in 2015.