​Crystal Palace have opened talks with Jeffrey Schlupp over a new contract, following some impressive performances from the versatile Eagles star.

The Ghana international scored Palace's winning goal against Bournemouth in their last fixture and is an important figure at Selhurst Park.

Roy Hodgson has made the defender - who can play on the wing - an integral part of the way his side line up, with Schlupp scoring two goals in as many games in recent weeks.

Jeffrey Schlupp

Schlupp's current deal only has 18 months remaining and Hodgson is keen to secure the services of the 26-year-old after showcasing some good form in recent weeks.

With Palace sitting in seventh place in the Premier League, Schlupp's two goals and two assists have won the Eagles six points. Without his contributions, his side would be 17th, fighting relegation.

The talks are already underway, per ​Football Insider, with hope that an agreement can be reached before the January transfer window. With the ability to play anywhere on the left side, Schlupp has fit in well since his arrival from ​Leicester in January 2017 and ​Palace do not want to let him leave for free.

Palace have recently extended the services of defender James Tomkins and forward ​Christian Benteke. Hodgson will be hoping that Schlupp follows in the footsteps of his teammates and stays put at Selhurst Park.

Schlupp, who has played left back and left wing for Palace this term, has made 13 appearances, including eight starts.

Jeffrey Schlupp

Overall, he has made 90 appearances for the Eagles, but has only just managed to hit his stride. He managed just four goals last term, and only broke into the starting 11 towards the back end of the season.