Crystal Palace are still thought to be seriously interested in a move for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia during the January transfer window.
The 27-year-old, who joined his current club from Genoa back in 2011, has become a well-known and much respected member of the squad in the years that have followed, but has struggled to keep his place in the team since Roberto Mancini’s return to the San Siro.
Having previously been made the club captain, it comes as no real surprise to hear that Ranocchia is unhappy at being frozen out of the first-team, leading to talk of a move away at the next feasible opportunity.
Palace are said to be facing some serious competition for the defender’s signature, with Alan Pardew’s former employers Newcastle believed to be in the driving seat at the time of writing, but should the two club’s fortunes continue on a similar trend to the opening weeks of the 2015/16 campaign, you would assume that Ranocchia himself may favour a move to SE25.
Supposedly valued at around £9 million, it would represent a serious outlay for either of the two clubs midway through the season, but there is little doubt over Andrea’s pedigree within the game.
Regardless of their fine defensive displays so far, you would assume that, with both Damien Delaney and Brede Hangeland reaching the twighlight years of their respective careers, Pardew and his fellow coaches are being prompted to scour the market for a long-term replacement, leading them to Ranocchia’s door.
It’s still far too early to know whether or not we will make a serious play for the Inter man in the new year, but for now, it’s certainly provoked a sense of excitement amongst our supporters.