CRYSTAL PALACE remain focused on Eddie Nketiah — in case his move to Germany falls through.
The Eagles have a long-term interest in the Arsenal forward, 22.
But his camp have their sights on a free transfer switch to the Bundesliga and a major payday.
Nketiah is yet to have a concrete offer, though, and the Eagles are hovering as he is a player they admire and could move for him in this window or next summer.
Palace transfer guru Dougie Freedman watched Nketiah net a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 5-1 Carabao Cup win over Sunderland last week.
Speaking after his goal scoring exploits in the Cup, Nketiah reitterated his desire to play more football.
He said: "I'm eager to play football and I’m at Arsenal to give my all.
"This competition has given me opportunities to play.
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"I’m desperate to play football, every player wants to play.
"All I can do is work hard and it will work itself out."
The Eagles are open to ending the loan of striker Jean-Philippe Mateta, who has failed to fire since joining from Mainz.
But they would not want to lose him without a replacement lined up.
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