Following on from the news that Scott Dann will be sidelined for the rest of the season after sustaining a serious injury against Manchester City, Sky Sports News are reporting that Crystal Palace have made a £16 million bid for Lille defender Ibrahim Amadou.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 3, 2018
Despite being just 24, the Nancy academy product has played a key role in the Lille side over the last two-and-half years, appearing more than 75 times in all completions, making him an ideal candidate to come in and some strength in depth to a back four which has been stretched to its limits thanks to the absence of Sakho, Ward and Dann in recent weeks.
Whilst the proposed fee of £16 million may seem astronomical to many given the fact that Lille paid just £1.8 million for him back in 2015, the fact that they have already rejected a bid of £10 million for him from Bordeaux suggests that Palace are probably in the right ballpark over a few which would tempt the Ligue Un side into a sale.
Capable of playing both in central defence and central midfield, Amadou is undoubtedly someone Roy Hodgson will feel has a significant amount of room for technical growth over the next year or two, with the obvious hope from those in SE25 being that he can help us survive the drop this term and then kick on in years to come.
When analysing the apparent £16 million bid we’ve lodged, it’s worth noting that Amadou is currently under contract at Stade Pierre-Mauroy until 2020, leaving the ball firmly in his current employers court when weighing up the chances of a deal being struck. Yes, it seems a lot on the face of things but with Virgil Van Dijk moving to Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million just a few days ago, it feels as fees like this are par for the course in what is always a madcap mid-season window.
Hypothetically, it could turn out to be wonderful business, just as Luka Milivojevic’s £10 million move from Olympiakos was at this time last year but for now, we have to sit tight and wait to see if Lille accept the offer that has been put on the table.
We’ll keep you up to date.