Three Ajax players Frank De Boer could sign for Crystal Palace


After being appointed the new Eagles boss, the Dutchman will look to fine tune his team ahead of the new season, writes Sam May.

Here are three players the 47-year-old could target to bolster his squad…


Joël Veltman

The 25-year-old, who has a year left on his current contract, has also been a target for Tottenham. Having previously played under De Boer during his time with Ajax, De Boer gave Veltman his debut five years ago. Palace have cooled interest in Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho and could turn their attentions the Netherlands international, who is valued at £10 million.

Veltman, who played as a right-back in the Europa League Final defeat to Manchester United at the end of last season, is keen on moving to the Premier League. De Boer admitted after his unveiling as the new Eagles boss that Veltman would be an interesting option. “Joel Veltman could be an interesting option. I know him well, but I have not had any contact with him yet,” he previously said.


Kenny Tete

It is believed the new Palace boss is keen to bolster his defence and could move for the impressive young Tete. The 21-year-old is on the Eagles radar and only has 12 months remaining on his Ajax contract. The Dutch club recently accepted a bid of just £2.7million from Galatasaray for the right-back only for the move to fall through.

De Boer gave Tete his Ajax debut and is an admirer of the 21-year-old, who can play anywhere across the defence. Palace could face competition for Tete’s signature from French club Lyon, but will hope that Dutchman De Boer’s appointment will give them the edge.


Daley Sinkgraven

Sinkgraven, 21, would add that creativity in the middle of the park and could be available at a cut-price deal. A neat and tidy central midfielder turned highly intelligent full-back, Sinkgraven has made the left-back position his own under, offering balance, composure and probing passes in the transition between defence to attack. In fact, he has made every one of his 18 league starts at left-back.

If he made the move to South London, his former manager De Boer may opt to use him in his favoured midfield position as he looks for a young and creative playmaker to help feed his strikers next season. He is a risk worth taking and would be a perfect addition, should he make the move.


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