Before we get started, I should say that the article below comes from The Mirror so it’s advisable to take its contents with a bucket-load of salt but it sounds as though Andros Townsend may well be on his way out of SE25 before the transfer window closes.
In knee-jerk terms, it may seem utterly bonkers to even consider selling one of our only two regular starting wingers to a Premier League rival but with time running out for Palace in the current transfer window, it may take Andros’ departure to clear the figurative log-jam regarding possible incoming transfers at Selhurst Park.
We all know that the club are keen to bring Mamadou Sakho back permanently but thanks to the constraints placed upon us by Financial Fair Play, it’s looked like an impossible task. Steve Parish and his fellow directors have always been aware that we need more than just the Frenchman before the deadline but with Leicester’s apparent bid for Townsend, we’d be writing off the lion’s share of Sakho’s fee with a swipe of a pen.
Perhaps, and this is just a theory on my part, we’ve had the money set aside to sign Sakho all along without having any extra for a goalkeeper, back-up striker or winger, meaning that the potential departure of former Newcastle man Townsend could hold the key to bulking out our squad dramatically in the days before the transfer window closes.
All of this does obviously rest upon the assumption that The Mirror are telling the truth in relation to the size of the bid being put on the table by the Foxes which, given their track record, is a giant leap of faith but with time in short supply, I’m willing to hang onto any grain of hope.