Reports claim Crystal Palace are keen to sign young forward Morgan Rogers and have entered negotiations with Manchester City over the transfer.
The 18-year-old has been with City since 2019 after signing from West Brom but has yet to make an appearance. And it may be that he never kicks a ball for the Citizens, with the Eagles ready to swoop this summer. The Daily Mail are reporting that talks are already under way about a move south for the England Under-18 ace.
Born in Halesowen, he came up through the youth ranks at Albion and made his senior debut aged just 16. That came in February 2018 when he was given the last eight minutes of an FA Cup clash with Brighton.
The versatile forward saw plenty of action for The Baggies’ Under-18s and caught the eye of City scouts. He faced them in the FA Youth Cup semi-finals before signing for the Etihad outfit in August 2019.
The youngster made four appearances in Premier League 2 last term before being loaned to League One club Lincoln City in January. And it proved to be a successful loan as he was handed 26 starts among 28 outings for the Imps.
He scored six goals as Michael Appleton’s side reached the play-off final. Rogers played the full 90 minutes as Lincoln were beaten 2-1 by Blackpool to miss out on a spot in the Championship.
And it seems as though Palace were watching as they look set to make a move.
Rogers prolific for England youngsters
There is no question that new boss Patrick Vieira will want to reduce the age of his squad. It is unlikely that he has had anything to do with the possible acquisition of Rogers but will welcome a proven goalscorer.
The West Midlander scored five times in six outings for England Under-15s. He then bagged five goals in eight outings for the Three Lions Under-16s.
Progressing up one age group was no problem, as he was just as productive at Under-17, notching nine times in 15 appearances. He has found the net once for the 18-group and clearly has an eye for goal.
Able to play anywhere behind the main striker, he also chipped in with four assists for Lincoln in 2020-2021. The route to the City first team seems a tough one and so a move to south London could prove beneficial.
Should Wilfried Zaha stay at the club, he will be able to learn from one of the best in the business in a wide berth.