Sam Allardyce is happy to work with Patrick van Aanholt again
The Sunderland player is at the south east London club undergoing a medical ahead of a potential £14m move and despite a cardiological scare in September when the Dutchman was suffering from a virus, in Allardyce’s experience it should not be a problem.
“Patrick van Aanholt is having a medical today,” he said. “It won't go through until every aspect of negotiation, and what the medical might say. It's in the process at the moment.
“But I wouldn't imagine the heart issue will be a problem – I have had two players in the past with a similar condition.
Patrick van Aanholt is having a medical at Crystal Palace
“I'm sure the medical will be okay and he will be looking forward to joining us – he was a major saviour in our run last season.
“His contribution, in terms of assists and goals, was massive. When it came to defending he got better with me and listened to what we told him about, where the weaker side of his game was and he made it stronger.
“He has great energy and is a very good player. He and Jeffrey Schlupp will increase the speed and energy levels of the squad. If everything goes well, I look forward to him joining me again here.”
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Allardyce has also been linked with a move for Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson, although Arsene Wenger suggested there was an issue over personal terms.
“There are several we're hopeful for between now and Tuesday, but there are many deals we haven't got that we've tried to do, and I think this one – Carl – there has been a stumbling block,” Allardyce admitted.
“Whether that gets sort out, we'll see. That has been the biggest blocker of transfers in this window, it's become very expensive to do business in this window.
“A few clubs have asked for loans but, as we can't get a loan in, I don't see why we should loan anyone out. We've said 'no' for now. My focus is on people coming in, not going out.”