Spurs striker target makes crosstown switch

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Antonio Pedroza, the Mexican forward who was set to join Tottenham earlier this summer, has joined up with Crystal Palace for their pre-season preparations.

Pedroza had attracted interest from Spurs and allowed his contract with Mexican side Jaguares to expire in order to move to White Hart Lane on a free transfer.

But despite the English-born Mexican’s statements that he had “arranged” a transfer to Spurs, a deal never materialised.

But Pedroza has joined up with Crystal Palace for their pre-season preparations, featuring in Tuesday’s friendly at Wycombe after manager Dougie Freedman had hoped to sign the 20-year-old before the interest from Spurs became public.


"He's a young kid and we'll keep him here and see how he goes," Freedman said.

"There is compensation involved for Antonio but the deal is doable. I can't quote you how much but everything checks out.

"He will be available for the Crawley game. I was after the kid in the summer but I was let down by someone and he ended up going to Tottenham. But they decided not to do the deal for whatever reason.”

In addition to Pedroza’s arrival for pre-season, Palace have also taken on 27-year-old French defender Francois Marque on trial. But Freedman was adamant that the club would only look at trials in areas where the club need strengthening.

"Francois has a decent pedigree and we're going to have a look," said Freedman. "I don't want to get 100 trialists in, only in positions where I'm realistically going to sign players.

"There is no secret there is not millions to spend so I'm going to have to dabble about. I won't sign anyone I don't think will push us on.

"They have to have the potential to make us better or make the club financially stronger by possibly being able to be sold on."

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