Crystal Palace Closing In On Massive Summer Arrival – Details Attached

1 Posted by - June 26, 2016 - News

Transfer speculation has been in short supply around Selhurst Park in recent weeks, but over in France, the Eagles have been linked with an extremely exciting move for a new keeper. 

This report from the hugely respected French newspaper L’Equipe has all the details of Palace’s move for Mandanda.

The French international stopper has been with Marseille since 2008, making a staggering 433 appearances for them since signing on a permanent basis from Le Harve. Initially joining them as an understudy to Cedric Carrasso, Mandanda had a huge slice of luck when the number one suffered a knee injury that left him sidelined for six months, paving the way for the Frenchman to impress on both the Ligue 1 and European stages. 

Now 31, he hasn’t had a moment to look back, carving out a reputation for himself across the channel as an extremely capable, agile and adaptable goalkeeper, happy to shoulder the pressure of occupying the number one shirt for a club of real substance without enduring a drop in performance levels. 

Internationally, Steve has an impressive 22 caps for France’s full squad, as well as 17 for the French U21s, with his performances in Marseille having cemented his place as the country’s number two behind Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris. Indeed, he is currently with the French players at Euro 2016, where his teammate Yohan Cabaye may well have been singing the praises of south-east London in between games and training sessions. 

Make no mistake, a move that sees Mandanda swapping the south of France for SE25 would be viewed as a genuine coup for the club in the eyes of many casual footbal fans, given the excellent career he has enjoyed to date. 

Whilst we wouldn’t recommend getting your hopes up too much just yet, the above report certainly comes from an extremely reliable source and is incredibly positive over the prospect of the aforementioned Mandanda making the switch to the red and blue of Crystal Palace over the summer. 

Have a read for yourself and keep your fingers, toes and whatever else you can think of crossed. 

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4 Comments

  • Sharpy June 26, 2016 - 6:06 am Reply

    Another keeper ? Not what we need at all. I’ll get excited when I see some quality arrive at the back or up front

  • Spiceboy June 26, 2016 - 12:35 pm Reply

    Certainly not excited about another keeper we don’t need a keeper a poor move by Pardew Wayne is class. Boooooooo

  • Jon June 26, 2016 - 6:45 pm Reply

    Ahh, not Steve Mandanda, he’s not even that good.

  • Ben June 26, 2016 - 10:35 pm Reply

    Have to agree with the comments above. Pardew consistently tells us that any player coming in has to be better than what we’ve got, I’m not sure Mandanda is. Where does he fit into the pecking order of the keepers we already have? Is Macarthy on his way out now? Also see that we are interested in Krul . Does Pards know we can only play with one keeper at a time!!!

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