Lions to fight Eagles for Dutch ace

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CRYSTAL PALACE are likely to face competition for the services of Dordrecht '90`s Mark de Vries, as Millwall are also keen on the forward.

The player will arrive at Selhurst Park this week for a trial with Trevor Francis` Eagles, but he has already been in London, at the New Den.

Francis is keen to bolster his attacking options, as Dougie Freedman is struggling with a leg injury and Trevor Benjamin`s loan spell from Leicester is set to expire in a fortnight.

Eleven-goal De Vries has caught the eyes of watching scouts, and Palace are set for a closer look to assess his ability to handle life in Division One.

The Surinamese-born forward, who is out of contract in the summer, seems keen on a move to England, as it emerged Millwall have already checked on the 26-year-old.

Lions boss Mark McGhee (pictured) invited the player for a trial earlier in the season and has been impressed with his efforts.

McGhee is mulling over whether to make a bid, but wants to take a look at the player in competitive action first.

The Dutch season does not resume until the end of January, meaning Francis could step in if McGhee fails to put an offer on the table.

Meanwhile, Lions chairman Theo Paphitis has played down reports that his club are on the brink of signing Dickson Etuhu from Manchester City.

The player is in the middle of a contract wrangle with The Citizens, as he claims he is free to leave but the Maine Road club disagree.

Etuhu has insisted he will be a Millwall player and, although admitting an interest, Paphitis said nothing will happen in the near future.

"With regards to our reported interest in Manchester City midfielder Dickson Etuhu, we are aware of him and his situation, as are other clubs," Paphitis told the club`s official website.

"He is a Manchester City player and until such time as Manchester City and the player resolve their contractual differences, we cannot become involved in this situation or have our name used in contract negotiations between the player and Manchester City."