Former Aston Villa defender and current free agent Ron Vlaar has hauled himself back to what he suggests is full fitness, potentially alerting Palace and a number of other clubs to his presence.
Whilst Vlaar’s former club decided against renewing his contract in the summer, the man himself underwent knee surgery in a bid to return to action as quickly as possible and now, after a spell training with AZ Alkmaar, the Dutch international has declared himself ready for action once again via the medium of his own blog (how modern).
The central defender’s wage demands are likely to be too high for Alkmaar to match and despite supposed interest in him from Lazio, a move back to the Premier League could well be on the cards, given the stellar reputation he enjoys on these shores.
Far from ready to consider these the last knockings of his career, Ron suggested in the same blog piece that he expected to eek out at least five more years at the top level following surgery, which is likely to have caused one or two clubs, including ourselves to take notice.
Although we do already have Scott Dann, Damien Delaney on our books, Vlaar’s pedigree and currently unattached status makes him a relatively low risk option on the face of things. Of course, extensive tests would need to be carried out on his troublesome knee before concrete terms were put on the table, but in essence, it is a deal which could make a great deal of sense for both parties for at least a year or two.
You can be sure we wouldn’t be the only Premier League club interested in a move for the Dutchman, who at the age of 30 has both the pedigree and experience to be a key player at this level if he can remain match fit.
We’ll keep an eye on it for any further developments.