Crystal Palace have agreed a deal with QPR for forward Eberechi Eze for a fee that could rise to £20m.
Eze, who scored 14 goals in 46 appearances in the Sky Bet Championship for QPR last season is expected to have a medical in the coming days and finalise personal terms.
The 22-year-old was left out of QPR’s matchday squad for Saturday afternoon’s friendly with AFC Wimbledon, with the club keen to avoid putting him in an awkward position amid Premier League interest.
While Crystal Palace have struck a deal with QPR, Fulham, West Ham and Newcastle have all also expressed interest in signing Eze.
Speaking to Sky Sports News after Saturday’s 3-0 win at Loftus Road, manager Mark Warburton indicated Eze would only leave QPR if the club’s valuation was met.
“Any situation for any player is resolved when the value of a player is met, that’s how you resolve a situation,” Warburton said.
“You make sure the value is appropriate, the value is correct, and when that value is met we wish everyone the best of luck going forward. That’s the way it is at QPR. Right now if it is not reached then he’s a QPR player. As long as we pay the wages, he’s one of ours.”
Eberechi Eze is an important player for QPR – in a number of ways. Not only is he without question their most talented individual, he also signifies the results of the change in business philosophy at the west London club. No longer do they haemorrhage money on big names, they have put in place an environment for young talent to flourish.
Eze – snapped up for nothing from Millwall – is a devastating ball-carrier, possessing a glide with the ball that only a unique talent can boast. This season he has added work-rate and tactical awareness to his game without the ball, which has triggered significant interest from the Premier League.