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Crystal Palace 'to rival Cardiff City for Marko Grujic'

Palace 'to rival Cardiff for Grujic'
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Crystal Palace reportedly join Cardiff City in the race to sign midfielder Marko Grujic on loan from Liverpool this summer.

Crystal Palace have reportedly entered the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic this summer.

Grujic has been heavily linked with a return to Cardiff City, where he spent last season on loan, and Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock has already held talks with Liverpool about another year-long loan spell.

However, the Daily Mail reports that the newly-promoted South Wales outfit will face competition from Palace, who have emerged as late contenders for the Serbian's signature.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson is understood to see Grujic as a potential replacement for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who spent last season on loan at Selhurst Park but has since returned to parent club Chelsea.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is open to the idea of sending Grujic out on loan again to gather more first-team experience, with Premier League football expected to be hard to come by for the 22-year-old at Anfield this season following the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho.

However, it would take a bid of at least £20m to prise Grujic away on a permanent basis, making the loan deal more appealing for both Cardiff and Crystal Palace.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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