Patrick van Aanholt joins Crystal Palace in $17.5 million deal

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Patrick Van Aanholt‘s move from Sunderland to Crystal Palace has finally been confirmed.

Van Aanholt, 26, completed his $17.5 million transfer on Monday with the Dutch international left back signing a four-and-a-half year contract and he’s available to make his debut for Palace at Bournemouth on Tuesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET online via

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The former Chelsea defender has moved back to London and has linked up once again with Sam Allardyce after he flourished at the Stadium of Light last season under “Big Sam’s” guidance.

Palace have yet to win in Allrdyce’s first five Premier League games in charge and the Eagles are in 18th place, two points from safety.

Speaking to the club website, PVA was delighted to finally get everything sorted out and believe the Eagles can move away from the relegation battle.

“I’ve been there last season and the season before that at Sunderland, and obviously Palace are there now but I’m very positive about the situation,” van Aanholt said. “The manager knows what he’s doing and we’ve got a very strong team, so I think we’ve got enough to survive this year and I’m looking forward to it.”

The attacking full back has scored three goals for Sunderland in the Premier League already this season and he will help shore up a leaky Palace defense, plus add extra attacking impetus from the left flank.