Crystal Palace may be about to make a surprise signing from the Turkish club Osmanlispor after the club’s general manager spoke about an “agreement” with a Premier League club for the signature of Badou N’Daiye.
Although Palace are still being heavily linked with a move for Ajax right-back Kenny Tete, rumours surrounding a similar deal for his club mate Joel Veltman have gone quiet, making news of N’Daiye’s potential arrival in SE25 all the more exciting for Eagles fans.
Whilst more supporters have become hugely preoccupied with defensive recruits as a consequence of the on-off speculation surrounding a potential deal for Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho, the departure of Joe Ledley has left a hole in the centre of Palace’s midfield which N’Daiye could fit rather well if he does indeed to sign on the dotted line in south London.
Palace’s interest in the Senegal international is nothing new; indeed the club are believed to have prepared to an €8 million bid for him back in January, only to be told that Osmanlispor weren’t prepared to sell but now, it appears as though their stance has shifted.
At 26, Badou is a player who could well prove a big hit in the Premier League if given a proper chance to shine, having performed pretty impressively in Turkey since moving there from Norway in 2015. Of course, it’s impossible to say for sure that any player without experience in England will hit the ground running but after a period of what has obviously been extensive scouting from our end, I’d be more than happy to see Palace take a punt on him this summer.
West Ham are also rumoured to be weighing up a move for the midfield man, leading to an extra degree of intrigue over the Osmanlispor manager’s comments. It certainly sounds like we could be the team who are about to land him but as is always the case with transfer dealings, there’s a touch of uncertainty.
Watch this space.