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Van Aaanholt set for move to Palace

Press Association logoPress Association 27/01/2017 By Damian Spellman

Patrick van Aanholt was undertaking a medical at Crystal Palace on Friday ahead of a proposed big-money transfer from Sunderland.

Palace manager Sam Allardyce confirmed the development, and also refused to rule out a further attempt to sign Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

It's understood Sunderland have agreed to sell left-back Van Aanholt, who played for them under Allardyce last season, for a fee which could rise to AGBP14million ($A23 million).

Allardyce credits Van Aanholt with playing a significant role in Sunderland's unlikely successful survival bid last season, and is also unconcerned about the 26-year-old defender's heart, after a scare in September.

"It won't go through until we have every aspect of negotiation, or what the medical might say," said Allardyce, whose team on Saturday host Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

"It's in the process at the moment.

"We've had many players with a similar condition, it's quite common throughout the game, it's just a precaution we have to take.

"I wouldn't imagine (the heart issue) will be a problem. I've had two players in the past with a very similar condition. I'm sure the medical will be okay and that Patrick will be looking forward to joining us."

Van Aanholt was withdrawn from the line-up Sunderland named at Tottenham in September just 15 minutes before kick-off after a phone call from a cardiologist to their club doctor.

He has since been a regular and according to Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain has told them of his plans to leave.

"He was a major saviour in our run last season," said Allardyce. "He was a major part of that success story.

"His contribution, in terms of assists and goals, was massive. When it came to defending he got better with me and listened to what we told him about where the weaker side of his game was and he made it stronger.

"(He provides) great energy, a very good player. He and (Jeffrey) Schlupp will increase the speed and energy levels of the squad. If everything goes well, I look forward to him joining me again."

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