Crystal Palace have completed the signing of RC Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure on a five-year deal worth around £18 million.
The 22-year-old made 34 appearances last season, contributing with a goal and four assists, forming a strong partnership with Seko Fofana - who is also in demand this window. Doucoure also boasted an 87.5% passing success in a strong campaign with the French club, finishing seventh in Ligue 1, narrowly missing out on European football in their second term back in the top flight. Doucoure has also made 13 appearances for Mali.
His performances caught the attention of many potential suitors but Vieira has acted swiftly to lure the central midfielder to Selhurst Park to fill the void left by Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher.
Palace have been looking to strengthen their midfield ranks because they have lost Cheikhou Kouyate who left the club following the expiration of his contract at the start of the month. Captain Luka Milivojevic’s appearances have become more sporadic, while there are concerns over the injury record of James McArthur despite the Scotsman signing a contract extension.
He is Palace’s third signing of the summer, following promising attacker Malcolm Ebiowei, who joined from Derby County, after fending off interest from Manchester United to land, and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone who joined on a free transfer from West Bromwich Albion. The Eagles are looking to build on a promising first season under Patrick Vieira who guided them to a comfortable 12th-placed finish and an FA Cup semi-final.