Crystal Palace are interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
The Dutch international, 33, has been playing second-fiddle to Spurs number one Hugo Lloris throughout his three years at White Hart Lane. He arrived in a £3.5 million deal from Swansea City in 2014.
According to Sky sources, Palace have identified Vorm as the ideal goalkeeper for de Boer’s playing style out from the back. The former FC Utrecht shot-stopper made a name for himself during his three-year stint between the sticks for the Swans, leading to Mauricio Pochettino signing him in a three-way agreement involving Ben Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
With 15 caps to his name for the Netherlands, Vorm has vast international and Premier League experience. Yesterday, Tottenham confirmed the signing of Argentinian goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton for an undisclosed fee. He was expected to come in as Spurs’ third-choice keeper after Pau Lopez’s loan from RCD Espanyol was not made permanent. Vorm has been happy to sit on the bench for much of his three years at White Hart Lane, but may now be the time in his career to move on.
Palace have so far failed this summer with recruiting a new goalkeeper after missing out on FC Barcelona number two Jaspar Cillessen. Steve Mandanda was allowed to return to Olympique de Marseille, leaving the Eagles with only Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni as first-team options. Vorm would represent a suitable move for both player and buyer, yet it remains to be seen as to whether Spurs will sanction the deal. The Dutchman has been extremely able deputy for Lloris in Tottenham’s rise to the top.
A chance to stay in London, join his countryman de Boer and gain more game time will surely appeal to Vorm. However, he has seemed content at Tottenham and is most probably enjoying his time at the North London club. If he decides to move across to the south of the capital, he would be warmly welcomed by fans and players alike in SE25. It would be surprising if Tottenham allowed the move, in particular given their struggles with squad depth last season. Goalkeeper always seemed a well-covered position so surely they would need another signing if they wanted to keep three top-level options. Gazzaniga is far from convincing and is a surprising signing by Spurs.
Vorm has a big decision to make; stay where you’re well-respected, happy and content, or risk a move to play more football at an age where you could soon be on the decline? He would certainly know how to be the keeper de Boer’s system craves. Good with his feet and command of his area, if Palace could get Vorm playing like he was regularly for Swansea in the Prem, we would certainly have one of the best of the rest. He was the very first goalkeeper I thought of after we survived last season (obviously then enhanced by de Boer’s appointment). It seems logical to me, but does it to Spurs? Let us know what you think at Selhurst Sound!