Southampton are set to part company with an 8th senior player in this summer’s transfer window as Jack Cork lines up a £3 million switch to Crystal Palace, reports the Daily Mail. The Saints have been badly hit in the transfer market so far, having lost their manager Mauricio Pochettino at the end of last season.
Cork is expected to sign for Palace by the end of the week, having spent 3 years on the south coast, signing for Southampton from Chelsea for £800,000 in 2011. The 25 year old midfielder has been subject to Premier League links before now, with Swansea, West Brom and Queens Park Rangers all registering an interest over the past 12 months.
Palace have won the race to sign him, however, as circumstances played into their hands. It had been hoped that Cork would agree a new deal at Southampton as he is now entering into the final year of his current contract. However, the parties were not able to reach an agreement with which everyone was satisfied, and the club have decided to sell the player for a profit now, rather than release him for free next summer.
Cork will become the latest in an extraordinary exodus at Southampton this year. So far Luke Shaw has joined Manchester United, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert have switched to Liverpool, Calum Chambers has gone to Arsenal, Dani Osvaldo has been loaned to Inter Milan, and Billy Sharp has recently joined Leeds. With a new manager at the helm as well, the Saints will be a radically new look outfit in the Premier League this season.