Palace to sign £2.4m Akinbiyi

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Ade Akinbiyi, Leicester City's record signing, is poised to complete a £2.4m move to Crystal Palace.

The goal-shy striker is set to be unveiled at a Selhurst Park press conference this morning. Akinbiyi was bought for £5m from Wolves by the former Leicester manager Peter Taylor in the summer of 2000 as a replacement for Emile Heskey and scored 10 goals in his first season. But this season he has been on target only three times.

Akinbiyi rejected the opportunity to return to Wolves on loan earlier in the campaign with a view to a permanent move back to Molineux. But now the player has decided to drop back into the First Division with the Eagles.