Source: Erik Palmer-Brown closing in on Troyes move

Erik Palmer-Brown is on the move, the Manchester City defender is heading to Ligue 1.

Sources tell ‘MLS Multiplex’ that the United States national team defender is on the verge of a deal with Troyes. It is permanent transfer for the former Sporting Kansas City defender, who signed with Manchester City in 2018 and has been on loan in Holland, Belgium and most recently the past two years in Austria.

Palmer-Brown had been rumored to other landing spots, including Serie A side Venezia. But the move to Troyes keeps him within the City Football Group.

It is a three-year deal with the Ligue 1 team per a French source. In late July, ‘MLS Multiplex’ broke the news that Palmer-Brown was moving to either Venezia or Troyes.

The deal is for €2.5 million Euros the source said.

The 24-year old center back emerged as one of the top defenders in Austria last year and with steady playing time at Troyes could well grow into a larger role with the United States national team. Palmer-Brown has two caps with the United States. He was a regular with the U20 national team as well.

He has yet to feature with Manchester City.

There is certainly the need for another center back to emerge for the United States national team. Given the season-ending injury to Aaron Long early in the MLS season, the national team needs a center back to partner alongside John Brooks.

If Palmer-Brown can continue his growth from the previous year in Austria and get regular playing time in Ligue 1, he could be a factor in the national team pool.