A report from the Daily Mail has claimed that Birmingham City are closing in on a permanent deal to sign former Arsenal youngster Dan Crowley from Dutch Eredivisie side Willem II.

Former Arsenal youngster Dan Crowley has spent some time out of the English game after his move to Dutch side Willem II in the summer of 2017. Now, it has been claimed that he is set to make a return to England with Championship side Birmingham City.

The Blues will reportedly pay an opening fee of £650,000 to sign Crowley from Willem II this summer, with add ons expected to be included. Birmingham City have had to fight off interest from Dutch sides PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord, who were also interested in the 21-year-old, but it is Birmingham who will bring Crowley in.

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Crowley has “excelled” in his time in The Netherlands and now, it seems his time has come to return to England to test himself in the Football League once again.

The midfielder joined Arsenal as a youngster from the Aston Villa youth academy. He never played for the Arsenal first-team, featuring regularly for the club’s youth sides before making his breakthrough into senior football while on loan with Barnsley. He played 13 times during his loan spell with the Tykes, scoring once and laying on one assist.

He spent a brief spell with Oxford United where he scored three goals and provided two assists in 13 games before heading out on loan to Go Ahead Eagles. After his spell with Go Ahead Eagles, he made a permanent move to Willem, where his impressive performances have been catching the eyes on a number of suitors.

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Now, it awaits to be seen if the Blues can complete a deal soon as Pep Clotet continues his preparation for the new season.

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