PATRICK VIEIRA is planning a tactical change of the guard at Crystal Palace.
That’s because he’s looking at into going three at the back.
Patrick Vieira is plotting to change to a back three at Crystal Palace
And that subtle switch will mean the Eagles have to swoop for a centre-back or two.
Palace relied heavily on Marc Guehi and Joachim Andersen last season in a back four.
They have already let go of veteran Martin Kelly.
And versatile Cheikhou Kouyate, who is out of contract, appears to be on his way too.
So now boss Vieira is keen on a fresh signing at the back for Palace.
That could open the door for interest in American Chris Richards, 22, at Bayern Munich.
The Eagles are also weighing up a loan move for their old right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 24.
He appears surplus to requirements at Manchester United, and Palace could be set for a reunion.
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But they are running into a wall in their bid for midfielder Cheick Doucoure.
Lens want £26million to sell their star man this summer.
So Palace may have to look elsewhere for midfield reinforcements.