Crystal Palace are close to completing an £8 million deal for Reading forward Michael Olise, according to BBC Sport .

The 19-year-old Nigerian descent is expected to be Patrick Vieira’s first signing at Selhurst Park after he was named the EFL Young Player of the Season in the 2020-21.

Personal terms have been agreed, with his move from Reading to Crystal Palace all set to go through.

Reading have nurtured Olise through the early stages of his career, with the 19-year-old thriving last year under Veljko Paunovic.

The 19-year-old featured on 44 occasions for the Royals in the Championship, scoring seven goals and registering 12 assists, impressing whether he played centrally or out wide as Reading challenged for the play-offs.

Paunovic’s side would finish the season seventh and seven points adrift of the top-six, which has left them vulnerable to losing star men to the Premier League.

The opportunity now presenting itself for the Reading man is an intriguing one, with Patrick Vieira recently appointed as Roy Hodgson’s eventual successor at Crystal Palace.

Barring any late complications, the Nigerian-eligible player will become the Frenchman’s first signing ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

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