Palace hope to land Balde

  • Last Updated: June 10 2013, 13:46 BST

Crystal Palace are hoping to pip SPL champions Celtic in the race to land Vitoria Guimaraes striker Amido Balde.

Amido Balde: At the centre of a transfer battle
Amido Balde: At the centre of a transfer battle

Having secured promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs, Palace are planning for life back in the top flight.

They feel added firepower will aid their efforts to cement a standing among English football's elite.

Ian Holloway has set his sights on Balde and is looking to lure him to London.

The Portugal Under-20 international had been due to fly into Glasgow for talks with Celtic, but any deal with the Bhoys has been put on hold.

Balde's current employers concede that they will sell to the highest bidder, and Palace appear to have leapt to the front of that queue.

Vitoria president Julio Mendes said: "Our obligation is to obtain the maximum profit for the club and if Palace offers more money it would be an error not to study the offer."

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