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Crystal Palace could be set for an all-Irish central defence next season - reports

The Eagles are understood to be starting to consider life without Scott Dann.

Shane Duffy has impressed for Blackburn this season.
Shane Duffy has impressed for Blackburn this season.
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CRYSTAL PALACE ARE reportedly considering a move for Ireland international Shane Duffy.

According to the Mirror, Palace fear losing first-choice centre-back Scott Dann, with a number of top clubs believed to be interested in the defender.

Former Everton youth player Duffy has impressed for Championship side Blackburn this season, and has one Ireland cap to his name, having made his debut in the summer 2014 friendly with Costa Rica.

If Duffy did replace Dann at the club, it would likely mean an all-Irish pairing at the heart of Palace’s defence, with Cork-born Damien Delaney featuring regularly for the club this season.

Duffy, who is valued at £3million, is also being linked with possible moves to Hull and West Brom, with Blackburn currently struggling in the Championship in 17th after the 1-0 loss to leaders Burnley earlier.

It was not a great day for Duffy in particular, as the 24-year-old Derry native conceded the penalty that led to Andre Gray scoring the winning goal on 16 minutes.

Irish midfielder Darragh Lenihan — who earlier this week signed a new contract — and Dublin-born Burnley full-back Stephen Ward also played the full 90 minutes in the game.

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