Yesterday we spoke about a £16 million bid that Palace had launched for Lille regular Ibrahim Amadou and now, according to French sporting outlet L’Eqiupe, the Ligue Un side are asking for a little more to push the deal over the line.
Whilst some have already baulked at the prospect of the Eagles parting with the rumoured eight-figure sum for the 24-year-old, the fact that Lille have already turned down a bid of £10 million from Bordeaux would suggest they’re not bluffing when asking us to up our bid to the €20 million Euro mark.
Comfortable to play in both midfield and central defence, Amadou is an understandable target for Hodgson’s Palace given the injury Scott Dann sustained against Manchester City on New Year’s Eve but no one can be sure how willing Steve Parish and co. are to meet the demands of his current employers.
Having been banned from recruiting any new players in January by the French Football League (LFP) due to issues regarding Financial Fair Play and with the team placed in a lowly 18th place at the turn of the year, you can understand why every penny matters to the club at the present moment.
Weighed down by off-field issues, including a predictably troubled spell in the dugout from the notoriously stubborn Argentinan manager Marcelo Bielsa, it stands to reason that Lille won’t be too keen on allowing their captain to leave midway through the season but with a pressing need to line the coffers, I can’t say I blame them for trying to squeeze every drop of value out of Amamdou’s potential departure.
As crazy as it sounds, £16-18 million isn’t that huge an amount of money for a young, talented defensive player in the modern game. Yes, you’re always going to have people spitting feathers over the astronomical sums being paid for individuals but with Sky and BT Sport still pumping millions into the Premier League year on year, an increase in transfer fees is simply an inescapable byproduct.
Any further updates will be reported as and when they happen.