Malcolm Ebiowei ‘IGNORED a text from Man United boss Erik ten Hag before signing for Crystal Palace’
Malcolm Ebiowei ‘Ignored a text message from Man United manager Erik ten Hag before signing for Crystal Palace – with the Eagles taking him straight to a medical to ward off United’s interest’
- Malcolm Ebiowei has agreed to sign for Derby’s Crystal Palace this summer
- The Derby star had sparked interest from Manchester United and Tottenham
- Tottenham were the Eagles’ main rivals for the 18-year-old Championship winger
- But according to reports, Ebiowei snubbed Erik ten Hag and Steve McClaren
- He would have ignored the text and calls from ten Hag from United coach McClaren
Malcolm Ebiowei turned down Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag before signing for Crystal Palace, according to reports.
The teenage talent has struck a deal with Patrick Vieira’s Eagles, who are expected to officially announce the deal soon, beating the transfer interests of United, Tottenham and France’s Monaco.
And the sun claim promising winger Ebiowei ignored a text from new Red Devils boss ten Hag and several phone calls from assistant Steve McClaren before putting pen to paper with the South London side.
Malcolm Ebiowei (pictured) reportedly snubbed Erik ten Hag before signing for Crystal Palace
Man United’s new boss has reportedly texted Ebiowei personally about a move to Old Trafford
although sports post understand that United were interested in the 18-year-old amid strong ties to Old Trafford, but that they were not fully committed to a switch, with the Spurs as main rivals for his signature.
But the Sun report United repeatedly contacted Ebiowei to discuss a move, with former Rams McClaren technical director calling him numerous times and texting ten Hag, who was appointed this summer – both of which were ignored.
But the former Arsenal and Rangers academy star is said to have been persuaded by Palace sporting director Dougie Freedman’s ‘personal crusade’ to sign him.
But Eagles sporting director Dougie Freedman (pictured) helped convince Ebiowei to sign
The Scot, formerly manager of Selhurst Park, has reportedly met him twice, showed him around Palace facilities and stood by his front door to personally take him to his doctor.
Ebiowei, who has represented both the Netherlands and England at youth level, made 15 appearances for Derby in the Championship last season, scoring one goal and providing two assists and impressing with his speed, agility and fearlessness.
Wayne Rooney resigned as Rams boss on Friday after leading 18 months, calling for someone with ‘fresh energy’ to take over on the tight side, who is still in administration and now in the third row stands after the relegation of the previous campaign.