Palace signs Patrick van Aanholt from Sunderland


Published 6:19 a.m. ET Jan. 30, 2017 | Updated 59 minutes ago

LONDON (AP) — Crystal Palace signed Patrick van Aanholt from Sunderland on Monday as manager Sam Allardyce turned to his former club to strengthen his defensive options in the fight against Premier League relegation.

The 26-year-old Netherlands international, a former Chelsea youth-team graduate, has signed a deal through June 2021.

“He will add pace and energy to our team, has strong defensive qualities and has the added ability to score and create goals,” Allardyce said.

Palace is two points from safety and a point above last-place Sunderland, which Allardyce managed last season.

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