Polish International In Palace Talks

Crystal Palace are reportedly closing in on the signing of Poland international centre-back Jarosław Jach from Zagłębie Lubin.

The 23 year-old defender is poised to have a medical ahead of a €3 million euros (£2.64m) move from the Polish Ekstraklasa side. 

After long-term injuries to Mamadou Sakho and Scott Dann, Roy Hodgson has been forced into the market for defensive reinforcements following the heavy 1-4 defeat to Arsenal this weekend.

Jach has less than 100 competitive games to his name in Polish domestic football but was a prominent figure for the national team’s Under 21s side. He has since picked up two caps for the senior Poland side ahead of the World Cup in Russia this summer.

A move to the Premier League would present Jach with an opportunity to impress on a global playing field.

Benfica Midfielder Set For Palace Medical

S.L. Benfica midfielder Erdal Rakip is to undergo a medical at Crystal Palace ahead of completing a loan deal til the end of the season.

The Sweden U21 international recently completed a move to the Portuguese giants this month after his contract expired at boyhood club Malmö FF.

 

 

Rakip signed a long-term deal to keep him at the Estadio da Luz until 2022, but he will now be loaned out to Palace to aid his development in the Premier League.

Roy Hodgson still retains strong ties in the Scania capital with a club he is heralded as a great. The 70 year-old enjoyed great success as head coach of Malmö FF in the 1980s, winning five consecutive league titles and two Swedish cups during a five-year reign.

Those connections have led to ‘Royson’ pursuing a deal for one of Scandinavia’s brightest young talents. 21 year-old Rakip flew into London on Friday with his advisor Hasan Cetinkaya before talks and a medical were arranged.

The creative midfielder scored nine goals in 30 games as Malmö lifted the 2017 Swedish title. He would go straight into a Palace squad in the midst of an injury crisis and suffering from the heavy defeat to the hands of Arsenal this weekend.

 

 

 

Palace Launch £16m Bid For French Midfielder

Crystal Palace have reportedly bid £16million for Lille defensive midfielder Ibrahim Amadou.

The Eagles have been forced into the market for defensive reinforcements after the long-term injuries suffered by first-choice central defenders Mamadou Sakho and Scott Dann.

Amadou, 24, was believed to be a target for Palace in the last January transfer window before the Eagles signed Luka Milivojevic from Olympiakos. The Cameroon-born utility man is adaptable to play across the back four or in central midfield positions after recently being promoted to captain of the Ligue 1 club.

It is rumoured Lille are under pressure from the French footballing authorities for breaching financial rules and owing unpaid debt. A sale of around €20 million euros would raise the majority of the funds needed to escape prosecution.

After Palace’s impressive run of form in the Premier League, they are once again an attractive proposition to join. Roy Hodgson confirmed his side need significant reinforcements after recent injuries further jeopardised the already depleted Palace squad.

 

Who Palace Need To Buy In January

After the first quarter of the Premier League season, Crystal Palace find themselves staring up from the basement of the table. With survival prospects fading, what would it take for Roy Hodgson to save the Eagles in January? Or if relegation looks certain by then, should Palace start planning for the second tier? Let’s consider how they could still save their dire season…

If unreliable rumours are to be believed, Steve Parish is ready to give Hodgson a £40 million war chest to spend in the winter window. As promising as it seems, why on earth did they not just spend the money in the summer? It makes absolutely no sense and surely seems unlikely, despite giving Sam Allardyce a similar budget last January. Let’s say, in this market, we are given £25-30 million to spend. This is what we should hope to get…

ST – Beginning with the obvious, Palace currently have no strikers available for selection besides the inexperienced Freddie Ladapo. Probably the most inexplicable scenario in recent times, a top-flight football club has had to play without a centre forward in the most competitive league in the world. Enough of the moaning, it speaks for itself. Even when Christian Benteke and the injury-prone Connor Wickham return from injury, Palace are playing a risky game in a tricky winter period. At the very minimum, a high-level forward must come in to offer an outlet and something different for the side. If possible, Hodgson would be wishing to recruit a further addition on top of that, too. I’ll leave it to our infamous scouting system to find the right ones. £10 million each? Or one £15-20 million hotshot?

GK – The return of club legend Julian Speroni has steadied the ship in recent games, but in reality, the 38-year old Argentinian is riding off past glory. Undoubtedly a leader and inspiring figure in goal, it would unfairly be asking too much for the miracle worker to save us again. A football club needs three first-team goalkeepers to compete with one another, so it’s not at all surprising that Palace only have two! Wayne Hennessey must never return to goal for the sake of the team’s confidence, but a new goal-saver must now be as big a priority as recruiting a goalscorer at the other end of the pitch. £5-10 million?

RB or CB – As weak as Palace are at right full-back, Fosu-Mensah is learning the game well and just needs confidence to play ahead of the poor Joel Ward. James Tomkins is never fully fit for a run of games and Scott Dann doesn’t seem as convincing as he once was. For Mamadou Sakho’s benefit, it may be useful to find a new centre-back partner if Tomkins or Dann can’t remain consistent. Palace definitely need something new on the right side of that defence, whether RCB or RB. £10 million signing?

CAM – Palace have been crying out for a number ten playmaker for years, ever since Andre Moritz dazzled for us with all Brazilian flair in our promotion-winning season. Hodgson’s side lack somebody who unlock the door and pick out the forwards with perfect precision and class. Yohan Cabaye shows glimpses of acting in this role, but ideally it needs to be somebody more attack-minded? A classy foreigner in the mould of Coutinho, Lanzini, Tadic would be nice. There aren’t obvious candidates around at the moment… I wonder if the scouting network knows what a playmaking midfielder is? We’ll have to wait and see. Here’s hoping… Foreign loan deal or big money move if we raise cash from sales?

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Former Hammers Forward Linked With Shock Move To Palace

Crystal Palace are being linked with former West Ham United striker Carlton Cole to fill the remaining spot in their 25-man Premier League squad.

After the ligament damage suffered by Belgian target man Christian Benteke in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend, Palace literally have nobody to turn to in his expected 8-week absence.

 

The Eagles released U23s goalkeeper Kleton Perntreou to free up a vacant position for a free agent to arrive. With Giuseppe Rossi suffering a long-term injury and Cheick Diabate supposedly not being considered, the 7-time England international Cole has become a real option after his release from Indonesian outfit Persib Bandung.

 

Palace were repeatedly linked with Croydon-born Cole during his days at Upton Park before ending his nine-year spell with the Hammers to join Celtic. The former Chelsea academy graduate also had spells in his younger days on loan at Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa. Never a prolific scorer, Cole scored 55 goals for West Ham in 256 league appearances. Fast approaching his 34th birthday, it’s difficult to see what Cole would offer Palace in the ruthless, fast-paced intensity of modern-day Premier League football.

I can’t believe I’m writing this, to be honest with you. I didn’t know Carlton Cole was still around. Incredible.

The Lost Eleven – What Could’ve Been For Frank de Boer

After the Dutch revolution was brutally put down through the sacking of its visionary Frank de Boer, it’s damning to see what could have been had the Dutchman got his own way in the transfer market. For a man who clearly wasn’t backed by the board and left to hang out to dry, let’s have a look at the team he could have formed through the players he wanted to sign.

Michel Vorm – Spurs number two Vorm was linked with Palace towards the end of the window, but you would bet he was on de Boer’s list from the start. After Wayne Hennessey’s dodgy start to the season, the Dutch manager will be ruing not being able to bring in a new keeper instead.

Kenny Tete – Ajax right-back Tete was heavily linked with Palace before he made a move to Champions League outfit Lyon. At around 3 million euros, the Dutch international would have represented great business to replace another poor performer this season in Joel Ward. 

Calum Chambers – Palace reportedly had a £16 million bid rejected by Arsenal for the 22 year-old centre-back in July. With a compromise greatly expected to be reached, the move never materialised before Leicester City had a £20 million bid rejected towards the end of the window. A ball-playing versatile prospect, Chambers would have perfectly suited de Boer’s passing out style of play from the back. 

Bruno Martins Indi – With Stoke City stalling over making his move permanent, Martins Indi became a realistic target for Palace’s Dutch revolution. For a measly £7 million pounds, the FC Porto defender finally rejoined his loan side after a highly successful spell last season. Much like Sakho with Palace, Martins Indi was always going to take some persuading to turn down a return to a place where he was greatly appreciated.

Gregory van der Wiel – Palace’s recruitment for left-backs Jeffrey Schlupp and Patrick van Aanholt in January meant it was no longer an area for strengthening. Along with Pape Souare’s miraculous return, Palace were well-covered. However, another right-back who was strongly linked in the window was 29 year-old Dutch international Gregory van der Wiel. Once again for a very minimal fee, he eventually traded Fenerbahçe for Cagliari after Palace’s interest failed to materialise. 

Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Manchester United youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah was allowed to join up with de Boer’s men on the eve of the new season. Expected to play at right-back due to his pace and power, de Boer instead played his former Ajax trainee at centre-back in a back three. However, with a shift in formation, the 19 year-old Dutch international would have perfectly stepped up to midfield duties.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – As a highly-promising talent retained by Antonio Conte in last season’s title truimph, Loftus-Cheek’s bold and adventurous passing style made him an astute loan capture from London neighbours Chelsea. Playing in a midfield three, the England Under 21 international is competent in both defensive and attacking duties. 

Jairo Riedewald – The one permanent signing de Boer made, Riedewald represents the youthful vision he had for his long-term Palace project. At around £8 million pounds, the 20 year-old would probably have been shifted to midfield had Palace managed to sign Sakho or Martins Indi earlier.

Oliver Burke – The former Nottingham Forest man was a target for Palace last summer before he joined German outfit Red Bull Leipzig. Yet just a year later, the Champions League side have cut their losses and sold him on to West Bromwich Albion. At around £15 million pounds, the highly-rated Scottish prospect would not have come cheap. Frank de Boer confirmed his interest in the press before the move, but even with the 20 year-old’s former Forest boss Dougie Freedman returning to SE25, he never came.

Munir El Haddadi – FC Barcelona winger Munir was made available for loan by the Catalan giants, but he eventually joined Deportivo Alavés for the season after Palace’s interest cooled. It was potentially a difficult deal to pull off, but de Boer’s strong ties with Barcelona would’ve interested the one-time Spain international. AS Roma were expected to make a huge bid, but much like with Burke, Palace didn’t have the cash to compete.

Luciano Vietto – Clutching at straws but there were media reports that de Boer was looking for a forward in the mould of Atletico forward Luciano Vietto. An Argentinian international with huge pedigree in La Liga, the 23 year-old has struggled in Madrid after his move from Villarreal two years ago. Palace desperately needed an alternative to Benteke and Vietto would have been able to inject pace in behind defences for de Boer.  

Is This The Player Crystal Palace Need as Their 25th Man?

Crystal Palace are expected to sign a free agent in the coming days after releasing goalkeeper Kleton Perntreou to allow room for one more player in the 25-man Premier League squad, but who will the Eagles opt for?

After a disastrous transfer window ending with Palace missing out on Everton striker Oumane Niasse, the South Londoners know they remain light in more than one key area. As important as a new goalkeeper and another right-back would have been, it’s in the forward positions Palace are struggling for depth in.

Incredibly, Christian Benteke is the only fit first-team striker in the Palace squad after backup options were allowed to leave on loan and Connor Wickham remains sidelined until the new year. Niasse’s late-night transfer reeked of desperation, but his addition would have eased the lack of depth issue. Instead, Palace must now find a suitable candidate for regular Premier League football and provide valuable competition for the Belgian striker.

As near impossible as it would be to find somebody as good as Benteke, somebody must be found who can at least provide a spark off the bench or fill the void if (God forbidding) the star man was injured. Free agent strikers are few and far between but the current list includes the notable ex Manchester United and Villarreal forward Giuseppe Rossi, who is without a club after suffering a serious injury on loan at Celta Vigo from Fiorentina last campaign. The Florence club will probably have preferred to keep the talented Italian, but his injury means he would be an unrealistic target for any club to take on just yet.

With limited possibilities left outside the window, one other name of any real prestige stands out for Palace. Mali striker Cheick Diabate was let go by Turkish club Osmanlıspor after his loan deal at Ligue 1 side FC Metz expired. Despite a successful spell of eight goals in fourteen appearances in France, the player hasn’t found a club yet. His international pedigree, target man style and excellent goal scoring ratio across his career make him hot property for a 29 year-old. Averaging a goal every two games and scoring 66 goals in 152 games for French giants Bordeaux, he would be an astute signing for any club still in need of real quality.

Diabate seems the best possible signing for Palace at this moment in time. All things considered, having one fit striker is more concerning than having two experienced goalkeepers. Bacary Sagna would ideally be the perfect addition, but due to Wickham’s absence, Benteke needs help in a struggling Palace attack. Let’s hope it happens! COYP.