Crystal Palace’s lack of activity during the January transfer window caused a great deal of frustration across south London, but it seems as though the club may well be prepping deals for the summer as we speak.
Whilst a great deal of focus will always be placed on attacking reinforcements by supporters, few would argue that we are in desperate need of greater strength in depth defensively as we head into the 2016/17 campaign, which makes the story attached above an extremely comforting one.
The centre-back in question, a certain Issa Diop stands at an imposing 6’4 despite being just 19 years of age and has supposedly caught the eye of plenty in French football during his first few appearances for Toulouse. With Damien Delaney and Brede Hangeland both now well on the wrong side of 30, it’s a possible deal that makes a great deal of sense at first glance.
Unlike some of the more glitzy names that clubs have been linked with from Ligue One in recent seasons, Diop looks to be a player who would be signed for his potential improvement, rather than a sense of well honed quality, but on the face of things, it’s good to see the club being linked with this sort of transfer as early as March.
Given the vast amount of football that is now shown on British TV from across Europe, there is every chance that you’ll see Diop pop up on your screens between now and the end of the season; if you do, pay close attention, he may just be playing in red and blue by August.