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Crystal Palace complete signings of Ahamada and Lokonga

31 Jan 2023
Crystal Palace signings Naouirou Ahamada and Albert Sambi Lokonga

French midfielder Ahamada joins from Stuttgart while Lokonga signs on loan from Arsenal

Crystal Palace have announced the signings of midfield duo Albert Sambi Lokonga from Arsenal and Naouirou Ahamada from Stuttgart.

Lokonga has joined on loan until the end of the season, while France youth international Ahamada moves to Selhurst Park on a three-and-a-half-year deal, subject to international clearance.

Ahamada, 20, was Palace's first signing of the January transfer window.

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“I’m very happy to have joined this club," Ahamada told the club's official website. "I want to show my quality, and I want to help this team with my quality. I want to play games, work hard, train hard and progress, and help the team.”

Ahamada made his Bundesliga debut two years ago after a spell at Juventus's academy and has appeared in 17 of Stuttgart’s 18 matches this season, scoring twice.

He has been capped by France up to Under-18 level and was part of the Under-17 squad who finished third at the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup finals.

Shortly after Ahamada's arrival, Palace announced the loan for Lokonga.

The Belgian 23-year-old has found first-team opportunities at Arsenal restricted since joining from Anderlecht in the summer of 2021 and will be looking to learn from Palace boss and former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira.

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"I want to go as far as possible with the team," Lokonga told the club's official website. "I will try to push for me and the team to do the maximum to reach the top."

Palace are next in action on Saturday when they visit Manchester United.

See: All January 2023 transfers

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