Doucoure joins Crystal Palace from Lens


Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Cheick Doucoure from Ligue 1 side Lens. 


The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Selhurst Park for weeks now and the Eagles have since confirmed the youngster's signing from the French outfit. 


"Crystal Palace have completed the signing of midfielder Cheick Doucouré from Lens, subject to international clearance," a statement read on the club's official website. 


"The Mali international joins the Eagles on a five-year-deal as Patrick Vieira continues to strengthen his squad in the summer transfer window, following the arrivals of winger Malcolm Ebiowei and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. 


"Doucouré played 34 times in Ligue 1 last season, guiding Lens to seventh place as a stalwart in the centre of midfield. His efforts capped a successful spell at the French side, having joined them in the second tier in 2018 and been a key part of their promotion-winning campaign. 


"He started his career at AS Real Bamako in Mali and represents the country at international level, receiving his first call-up in November, 2018." 



On his move to Palace, Doucoure said: "I'm very happy, I feel a lot of joy and a lot of pride to be a Palace player. I’m proud to be at Palace today."