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Manchester City consider shock January move for £12m-rated Crystal Palace defender – report

The list of left-backs linked with Manchester City continues to grow with a shock name said to be under consideration, according to a report in The Sun on Sunday.

Faouzi Ghoulam, Aarón Martín, Álex Grimaldo and José Luis Gayà are some of the continental left-backs thought to be of interest to Pep Guardiola, and the name Patrick van Aanholt can now be added to that collection.

The 27-year-old joined Crystal Palace from Sunderland in January, and Roy Hodgson could be willing to cash in for around £12million having several other options for the position.

Guardiola is still said to want a specialist left-back for cover in Benjamin Mendy’s long-term absence, despite the excellent form of Fabian Delph, who again shone on Saturday up against Riyad Mahrez.

Delph’s injury record is patchy though, and despite Danilo also being able to fill in at left-back, City could be playing a risky game if they decide against bringing in another natural left-back in January, as they fight for honours on all fronts.

City reportedly have doubts about whether the often-linked Espanyol youngster Aarón Martín can adapt to the English game, and while Van Aanholt would be an unexpected recruit, he does have a decade of experience in the English game, having joined Chelsea from PSV in 2007, before making his competitive debut in 2009.

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