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Bournemouth and Watford among clubs eyeing Crystal Palace youngster Nya Kirby

Bournemouth, Watford and Club Brugge are all interested in signing Crystal Palace’s Nya Kirby, reports claim.

Kirby, 22, is a product of the Crystal Palace academy. He’s yet to make his Premier League debut for the cub but has been working his way through the youth ranks at Selhurst Park, spending time out on loan too.

The Englishman spent time on loan at Blackpool during the 2018/19 campaign and with Tranmere Rovers during the 2020/21 season.

Now though, reports via Bournemouth Daily Echo have claimed that Palace are set to release Kirby this summer, with Bournemouth, Watford and Club Brugge all interested in the potential signing.

The Islington-born Kirby has represented England at U16, U17, U18 and U19 level, helping England win the U17 World Cup in 2017 under current Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper.

He spent time in the Spurs youth academy before joining Palace in 2017, but after five years at the club, it looks like he might be moving on in pursuit of first-team experience.

Bournemouth building for the future…

With Bournemouth set to return to the Premier League, the Cherries board will be hoping to spend better than they have done in previous seasons.

The club spent their fair share of money whilst they were in the Premier League, but not all of that money was spent well, with a lot of failed transfers and inflated fees paid.

But the club looks to have a much more sustainable approach to recruitment now. Their links to Kirby prove that, but given his lack of first-team experience, signing him will surely be a gamble.

With other teams interested too, and the probability of Kirby playing less should he join a top flight side in Bournemouth, it might make their pursuit of the Englishman a difficult one.

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