Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur target seals £22m deadline day transfer to Premier League

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Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur had kept tabs on the midfielder.

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Adam Wharton from Blackburn Rovers in a transfer worth £22million.

The England under-20s international is understood to have attracted interest from multiple Premier League clubs, including Newcastle UnitedEverton and Tottenham Hotspur but it is Palace who have won the race.

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The South London club agreed a deal on Tuesday before Wharton travelled to capital to undergo his medical and put pen to paper on a five-year contract. It is a club record sale for Blackburn, who host Newcastle in the fifth round of the FA Cup later this month.

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Rovers beat Wrexham on Monday to set up a meeting with the Magpies. Speaking after the game, their manager Jon Dahl Tomasson, who played for Newcastle in 1997-98, was questioned about Wharton's future.

"I've always wanted to play in the Premier League and to play for such a big club like Crystal Palace is a great honour," said Wharton.

"The way they've brought players from the Championship and developed them into world-class players in the Premier League is something that stood out to me, and it's a big reason why I wanted to come here."

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Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “I’m delighted that Adam, a player whose rapid development we have followed closely, has decided to join us at Crystal Palace.

“Adam’s consistently impressive performances for Blackburn at such a young age have understandably caught the eye of many a club, but we believe Palace to be – as has so often been the case in recent years – the perfect place to harness his undoubted potential, and we look forward to working with him in the years ahead to do so.”

The 19-year-old has shone for Blackburn this season having registered five goal contributions in 26 appearances. Wharton has been with the Lancashire club since the age of six and recently signed a new contract until June 2028.

Wharton, who was named Blackburn’s young player of the season for 2022-23, has made 51 senior outings since making his debut in August 2022.

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