Crystal Palace are reportedly among the Premier League clubs keeping tabs on the progress of Club Brugge youngster Noah Mbamba.
According to French outlet Jeunes Footeux, Crystal Palace are among three Premier League teams tracking the development of Club Brugge and Belgium Under-19 midfielder Noah Mbamba.
The 17-year-old prospect has been with the Brugge youth setup since 2020 when he arrived from KRC Genk. Mbamba made his first-team debut for the Belgian giants in July last year and has gradually grown into a regular in the senior setup in the ongoing campaign. The defensive midfielder, who can also slot in at centre-back, has made 22 appearances for Club Brugge so far.
On the back of his performances for Brugge, Mbamba also broke into the Belgium Under-19 national team in September last year and has earned six caps. And his progress for club and country has caught the eye of several Premier League clubs, including Crystal Palace.
The Eagles have changed their recruitment strategy in recent times, focusing on bringing in young footballers with potential, as seen by the signings of Michael Olise, Marc Guehi and Odsonne Edouard, among others. And Palace will need to revamp their options in the middle of the park next summer.
Luka Milivojevic has not been a regular this term, and his contract runs out in eighteen months. Cheikhou Kouyate recently turned 32, while James McArthur is 34 and will be out of contract at the end of the season. Bringing in a younger option for the defensive midfield role with an eye on the future makes perfect sense for Patrick Vieira’s side.
To that end, they have now identified Mbamba as a potential transfer target and are closely tracking his progress at Club Brugge. However, Crystal Palace will face competition from fellow Premier League clubs Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion, both of whom are also scouting the Belgian teenage prospect.
Mbamba has a contract with Club Brugge that runs until the summer of 2023. The Belgian giants could decide to cash in on him in the upcoming transfer window should Crystal Palace or any of the other interested parties make an offer for the 17-year-old holding midfielder.