Crystal Palace are closing in on the permanent signing of Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis, Football Insider can reveal.
Roy Hodgson has made it one of his top priorities to recruit a new left-sided defender before the transfer window shuts on Friday night.
A Palace source has told Football Insider that the club have made an approach to prise Lewis, 22, from Carrow Road and preliminary negotiations are underway.
Lewis is open to leaving Norwich after losing his place in their starting line-up to Sam Byram, who is a right-back by trade.
He has graduated from the Canaries’ academy ranks to make 84 appearances for their senior side and he has also been capped six times by Northern Ireland.
Lewis began this season in Daniel Farke’s side, starting their first 12 Premier League games at left-back.
An injury to him opened the door to Byram, and Lewis has started just one league match since early November.
He has been an unused substitute in their last two Premier League matches, although he did play the full 90 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup win against Burnley as Farke fielded a weakened starting XI.
Palace have swooped to try and prise him from Carrow Road after losing their own first choice left-back Patrick Van Aanholt to injury. He has missed their last five Premier League matches.
Hodgson has been using Jairo Riedewald at left-back of late but wants cover and increased competition in the position.
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