Having become frustrated by the seemingly endless merry-go-round in negotiations over a possible deal for Christian Benteke, Crystal Palace are now believed to have turned their attention to West Ham front man Diafra Sakho, but it’s going to be anything but a simple process.
After managing to bring in Andros Townsend, James Tomkins and Steve Mandanda within a whirlwind few days at the start of this summer’s transfer window, many Palace fans assumed that the club’s hunt for a new striker would bear fruit in a similarly timely fashion, but in reality, Alan Pardew and the board of directors have found it difficult to find anyone who is willing to take their money.
Whilst a desire to get our transfer business done early should be roundly commended, anyone who has had even a passing interest in the Premier League over the last few seasons will know that a huge number of transfers aren’t finalised until the final few days of the window, given the trend of brinkmanship which has embedded itself so deeply into the DNA of the country’s biggest hitters.
In the case of Sakho specifically, a number of factors point towards a deal being a relatively painless transaction on paper, but as you can see from the article featured above, the waters are a great deal murkier than it would appear to many on first glance.
With time ticking away until the new Premier League season gets underway in mid-August, clubs (ourselves included) will become increasingly more desperate to get their house in order, but within that panic, prices will skyrocket, wage demands will increase and nails will be bitten by all involved; not least when you are on the look-out for a new goalscorer to spearhead your attack.
To those outside of SE25, the story surrounding Sakho makes for an intriguing read, but for a set of supporters who have been longing for positive news in the hunt for a new striker since the 2015/16 campaign drew to a close, this latest set of developments will feel like a mild form of torture.