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Cheick Doucoure: Crystal Palace sign RC Lens midfielder

Cheick Doucoure

Cheick Doucoure, a midfielder, has been acquired by Crystal Palace in a £21 million deal from French club Lens.

Doucoure has signed a five-year contract at Selhurst Park, pending international clearance.

Palace will pay Lens an initial sum of £18 million, which could increase to £21 million with add-ons.

The Mali international is the third player to join Crystal Palace this summer, following winger Malcolm Ebiowei and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Last season, Doucoure made 34 Ligue 1 appearances for Lens, who finished seventh in France’s top division.

“I’m very happy, I feel a lot of joy and a lot of pride to be a Palace player,” Doucoure told club media. “I’m proud to be at Palace today.”

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