Crystal Palace join Newcastle and Napoli in targeting Dutch defender Perr Schuurs

Crystal Palace have joined Newcastle United and Napoli in targeting Dutch defender Perr Schuurs, according to MailSport. The 23-year-old Torino defender has been identified as a possible replacement for Marc Guéhi if the Palace defender departs this summer. Several top English clubs are said to be monitoring Guehi, which has resulted in Crystal Palace starting the search for a replacement.

Perr Schuurs, who previously played for Ajax, impressed during his first season at Torino. Last season he featured 30 times in Serie A as Torino finished in 10th position. Perr Schuurs is a right-footed centre-back who stands at 6ft 3in tall. The former Netherlands U21 international is excellent in the air and averages 1.7 tackles per game in Italy. 

Schuurs kicked off his career in the Netherlands with Fortuna Sittard. He played 60 times for Fortuna, scoring 10 goals and providing eight assists within those games. A move to Ajax followed in 2018, and the defender went on to win three Eredivisie titles, two KNVB Cups and one Dutch Super Cup, all before the age of 23.

The Dutchman could be an excellent signing for Crystal Palace, who are yet to appoint a new manager following the departure of Roy Hodgson. However, Newcastle United and Napoli are also monitoring the defender.

GBeNeFN Hugo Hargreaves

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