Crystal Palace, Updated: October 12, 2016 1:31 PM
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Crystal Palace have secured the future of young striker Francis Baptiste following strong interest from rival clubs.
Palace look to have a real talent on their hands, but reports suggested that Premier League rivals Tottenham were keen to lure him away from Selhurst Park.
However Palace have tied him down to a new long-term contract and hope with further development he will soon be knocking on Alan Pardew’s first-team door.
The teenager showed his class and undoubted potential as he scored five times for the Palace under-18s when they thrashed Barnsley 7-0 last month and Pardew will be relieved the deal is in the bag.