Done Deal: Crystal Palace Sign French Wide-Man Eliott Grandin

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Former Tangerines star reunited with Selhurst Park boss.

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Crystal Palace have announced the signing of former Blackpool midfielder Elliot Grandin on a one-year deal after a successful trial with the Premier League club reports BBC Sport.

The 25-year-old free agent has reunited with former Tangerines manager Ian Holloway as he becomes the Eagles sixth summer signing following their promotion back to the Premier League.

Grandin left Caen for Marseille in 2008 but, after helping the Ligue 1 side reach the Champions League, he left the club for Bulgaria’s CSKA Sofia in 2010. Holloway then took him to Blackpool during their solo season in the top-flight as he made 24 appearances for the Seasiders and he remained with the club until January.

The former France U-21 international featured in a 45 minutes spell during Palace’s recent pre-season friendly against Dagenham & Redbridge and that was enough to earn himself a one-year contract with an option for a further 12 months at Selhurst Park.

“I’m very excited. I had a very good year in the Premier League with the gaffer, so I’m excited to start the new season,” Grandin told the Palace website.

“We had a very good run at Blackpool. I think the team played well, but we were unlucky at the end because we went down. We had a very, very good year though, we enjoyed it and I hope it will be the same with Crystal Palace.”

He added: “It’s very nice because every game is a new challenge. It’s like a cup final every game. You play against great players, great teams, so you have to be focused and everyone has to give their best because it’s the best league in the world, I think.

“All the teams are very good. In the French league or in the Spanish league, you have six strong teams, but I think in the Premier League I think all the teams are very strong.

“Everybody can beat everybody, so it’s hard to say who will stay up, who will go down. If we work together and the team is confident, anything is possible.”

Grandin was released by Nice at the end of last season and will now join Palace subject to Premier League and FA approval.

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