Crystal Palace keep close eye on Ciaran Clark

Ciaran Clark has caught the eye of Palace – Reuters

Crystal Palace are keeping a close eye on Ciaran Clark’s contract situation at Newcastle United.

Steve Bruce wants to tie Clark, 31, to stay at St James’ Park but the centre-back can speak to other clubs about a pre-contract as he is in the last six months of his current deal.

Palace are looking at options at centre-back including Clark as Mamadou Sakho has been out of favour and could leave Selhurst Park.

Bruce would like to extend Clark’s time at Newcastle beyond five years after joining them from Aston Villa in 2016 when they were in the Championship.

He has started Newcastle’s last nine games and Bruce has praised his performances, including the goalless draw against Liverpool last week.

Teenager Baah courts interest

Rochdale winger Kwadwo Baah has attracted interest from Bundesliga, Championship and Scottish Premier League clubs.

The 17-year-old has been scouted by Bournemouth, Norwich City and Stoke City after making an impression in League One.

England youth teams are also looking at him as he qualifies after moving to the country as a six-year-old but can also play for Germany or Ghana.

The teenager is out of contract in the summer and is expected to be the next youngster to be targeted by bigger clubs following Luke Matheson’s move to Wolves.

Greaves catches eye of Newcastle

Newcastle are among the teams interested in Hull City youngster Jacob Greaves.

Championship clubs have also been watching the 20-year-old this season after becoming a regular in Grant McCann’s team.

Greaves played at Cheltenham Town last season in League Two and has made the step up this season as Hull chase promotion back to the second-tier.