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Crystal Palace want Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper in the summer

Crystal Palace want a new manager this summer and are eyeing Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper, reports the Daily Mail.

The Eagles sacked Patrick Vieira last week and have since appointed their former boss Roy Hodgson as his replacement.

However, the 75-year-old will only take charge of Palace until the end of the season.

The Selhurst Park outfit will hope Hodgson guides them to safety, and they will attempt to land Cooper afterwards.

They are currently 12th in the Premier League after 28 games, with three points separating them from the drop zone.

Hodgson and his assistant Ray Lewington reckon winning three of their remaining ten games should be enough to keep Palace up.

The relegation race this term is the toughest to call in years.

The bottom nine clubs are all at risk of going down, with just four points between 12th and 20th.

However, Palace will fancy their survival chances under their veteran manager.

Cooper is not the only one on their radar, and he may need to keep Forest up to have a chance of getting hired.

The City Ground club are 16th in the table after 27 games, and just a point separates them from Palace.

Cooper has also been linked to Tottenham Hotspur, and it is believed more clubs could emerge for his services in the summer.

A few managerial changes are expected after the season ends, and the 43-year-old has caught the eyes.

Cooper helped the Tricky Trees return to the English top flight for the first time since 1999 last year.

He also guided them to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, where they lost to eventual winners Manchester United.

Cooper signed a new contract with Forest until 2025 last October.

The club may be forced to quickly extend his deal once survival is secured to avoid losing him cheaply.

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