Argentinan teenager Tomas Andrade is apparently edging extremely close to completing a move to Crystal Palace, according to his agent.
Giovanni Santoro has been extremely direct in disclosing Crystal Palace’s apparent interest in securing a deal for Andrade here. If his words are anything to go by, it’s been a deal under consideration for quite some time.
Currently on the books of South American powerhouse River Plate, Andrade has been on loan with Bournemouth since September, but has failed to make a serious impact on manager Eddie Howe, leaving the door open for Pardew and Palace to pounce and take him off their hands.
After being earmarked for success at an extremely young age, Andrade travelled to Europe to further his footballing education; representing the likes of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at youth level before returning to Argentina for family reasons.
It was in 2012 that Andrade had the first big choice to make in relation to his career, after being offered terms by both Argentinos Juniors and River Plate, plumping for the latter given their superior reputation within the game. After signing a contract in December of 2012, the attacking midfielder has continued to progress, arriving in the UK in an attempt to improve his overall game and broaden his horizons away from the bubble that is Argentinian football.
As you can see from his agent’s comments above, it looks as though our interest in taking him in the short-term at least is pretty solid, even though he doesn’t appear at first glance to be the sort of player we would be pursuing in the current transfer window. Indeed, the quotes came as something of a surprise to us in the circumstances, but given the direct nature of Giovanni Santoro’s words, we felt obliged to draw your attention to the story as quickly as possible.
Should there be any more details made available over the immediate future of Andrade, a follow up article will be published here as soon as possible. Keep an eye out.