Dutch giants PSV are being linked with a loan move for Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt this January, presumably as a consequence of the lack of game-time given to the former Sunderland man by Roy Hodgson.
Given the fact that the story appears in The Mirror, we should almost certainly take it with a pinch of salt but I do think it’s interesting, following on from Everton’s apparent interest in the Dutchman, to see him being so readily linked with suitors from across Europe.
Whilst he’s not a bad footballer by any means, his overall performance at Selhurst Park hasn’t exactly set the world alight. Yes, he has looked much improved in recent games against Manchester City and Southampton but after arriving for more than £12 million on the say-so of Sam Allardyce last January, I’m not 100% sure anyone could say we’ve had value for money from his transfer.
With both Jeffrey Schlupp and Pape Souare on the club’s books in a permanent capacity, talk of Patrick leaving us is inevitable in the midst of a mid-season transfer window but I’m not sure I can see the logic in us sanctioning a loan deal when we are in desperate need of reinforcements ourselves. Admittedly, were a club happy to stump up the sort of sum we shelled out on him a year ago, I could see Hodgson and Parish seeing the upside to a sale but on the face of things, this rumoured interest in him from PSV doesn’t seem to make any sense from our side of the negotiating table.
Having spent big over the last two windows, we will need to be smart during this one to ensure that we don’t end up with any big-money flops on our hands. It’s clear that Roy is in desperate need of some added squad depth between now and May but in the madcap landscape of the January window, it’s extremely easy to pay well over the odds for extremely average players, making this next few weeks a highly pressured time for everyone behind the scenes.
If PSV suddenly discover £12 million hiding down the back of their boardroom sofa, we may be saying goodbye to our Dutch defender but I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that that’s rather inconceivable as things stand.
Watch this space.