Crystal Palace have taken Margate FC striker Freddie Ladapo on trial and will take a closer look at him when he plays for the U21s tonight.

According to a report by Jon Phipps of the Thanet Gazette, Margate accepted a transfer bid for the 23-year-old in the January window from an unknown non-league side but the player turned down the move as he is only interested in joining a Football League side.

Palace’s U21s face Watford U21s tonight and Ladapo is set to feature in the game, so the decision makers at the club will be able to have a good look at him.

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After the rise of stars such as Southampton’s Charlie Austin and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, it makes sense for Football League clubs to be looking for talent at the non-league level and Palace may have found a gem in Ladapo.

Should Palace want to sign him, Margate will not stand in his way, as long as the price is right.

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