Eagles swoop for Flinders

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Crystal Palace have won the race for Barnsley's highly rated shot stopper Scott Flinders after clinching a deal that could be worth £1 million to the Yorkshire side.

Flinders has emerged as one of the country's best goalkeeping prospects having been a member of the England Under-20 setup, and Premiership outfits Wigan and Chelsea have both had the youngster on trial.

However, a busy summer of speculation has now drawn to a close with Palace announcing the 20-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Selhurst Park.

New Eagles boss Peter Taylor has previously coached Flinders for the Football League XI against their Italian counterparts, and the keeper is the manager's third signing following Leon Cort and Mark Kennedy.

The Flinders deal comes after the two clubs also finalised a transfer that saw defender Sam Togwell move to Oakwell from London on Wednesday.

Taylor could also add to his squad further with young striker Charlie Sheringham impressing in the 3-0 friendly win over Stevenage.

The 18-year-old, son of West Ham forward Teddy, scored against the Nationwide Conference outfit and Taylor admits he has been impressed with the former Ipswich youngster.

"He was like his dad there," said Taylor in The Mirror.

"He was in the box, got into very dangerous positions and played some very clever football."