With neither Wayne Hennessey or Julian Speroni able to nail down a guaranteed spot in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI in the three months since the 70-year-old took charge in SE25, stories linking us with a New Year move for a keeper have been ubiquitous and now, veteran stopper Diego Lopez has had his name thrown into the mix.
Whilst the above report from The Mirror’s Darren Lewis suggests we’re keen on securing a deal for him, it also claims that the 36-year-old remains on loan at Espanyol, which is simply not true. Having been on loan from AC Milan for the entirety of last season, Lopez completed a free transfer to Espanyol over the summer, proving that The Mirror’s sports desk aren’t paying the sort of attention you’d expect to the main body of their stories.
Having started more than 30 games for Espanyol last term, Lopez has been limited to just two Copa Del Rey appearances this season, adding fuel to the fire over a potential switch to the UK but even so, something about this rumour just doesn’t add up to me. In a world where internet traffic is king, the opportunity to use “Crystal Palace plot transfer of European Cup-winning goalkeeper” as a headline is always going to go down well, making the actual basis for what follows almost superfluous.
All of this also presupposes that a goalkeeper in the twilight of his career would be a noticeable upgrade on what we already have, which is a matter of flimsy opinion rather than a statement of fact. I could of course be wrong and if I am, I will hold my hands up and readily admit it but in a bid to unpick transfer rumours rather than simply regurgitate them to you verbatim, this particular story has set one or two alarm bells ringing.
We shall find out one way or another before long.