West Ham Attacker Ricardo Vaz Te Close To Securing Crystal Palace Move

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The Portuguese attacker wants to leave West Ham before the transfer window closes because of the lack of first team opportunities that he has been given at Upton Park.

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West Ham attacker Ricardo Vaz Te is closing in a move to Crystal Palace, with the Eagles set to sign the 26 year old before the transfer window closes on Monday evening, the Daily Star reports.

Vaz Te handed in a transfer request to West Ham on Thursday, with reports suggesting that that the attacker is desperate to leave Upton Park due to the lack of first team opportunities that he has been getting.

He is likely to get plenty of first team football under Ian Holloway at Crystal Palace, with the 50 year old former Blackpool manager being a huge admirer of the attacker.

Holloway wants to bring in creative player to replace Wilfred Zaha, who helped the Eagles achieve promotion to the Premier League before moving to Manchester United.

The Palace boss has been frustrated in his attempts at signing players this summer but the arrival of Vaz Te to Selhurst Park would be a huge boast for the club.

Cardiff City were also interested in signing Vaz Te but boss Malky Mackay decided not to bid for the attacker, leaving Palace as the clear favourites to sign the 26 year old.

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