CRYSTAL PALACE new-boy Malcolm Ebiowei has impressed Patrick Vieira so much that the manager has blocked a loan exit.
The skilful wideman, 18, signed from Derby, has walked into the team and been dazzling in top company.
So the Eagles have shelved plans to send him on loan for experience as they see him getting game time in the Premier League.
Palace will let outstanding kid David Ozoh go on loan after also emerging in pre-season.
The powerful midfield prospect, 17, is fancied by Charlton among others.
SunSport exclusively revealed last week that Oxford and MK Dons are battling for Rak Sakyi.
And we also told you about Wolves’ interest in Christian Benteke.
Palace are now set to make a signing of their own in Chris Richards.
Bayern Munich’s American defender is on the cusp of joining Vieira’s side in an £8.5million deal.
As well as Ebiowei, Palace have made a further two signings.
One is England goalie Sam Johnstone on a free transfer from West Brom.
And the other is £20m midfielder Cheick Doucoure from Lens.
Palace are also interested in Burnley’s Dwight McNeil.
But they could end up saying goodbye to Wilf Zaha, a reported target for Jose Mourinho’s Roma.