Generally, Palace fans know to take transfer rumours that appear in the press with a pinch of salt but there are still one or two names within the media that you’d like to think we can trust when it comes to to the business of player recruitment, with The Guardian’s Dom Fifield fitting that description.
According to a report written by the man himself yesterday, the Eagles hierarchy remain quietly confident of being able to convince long-term target Khouma Babacar to leave Fiorentina and make the switch to south London during the course of the January transfer window, with the expected fee coming in close to the £15 million mark.
Elsewhere, Dom is suggesting that the club are likely to look at two or three further signings, with the much discussed Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita still topping their list in between the sticks and Lille defender Ibrahim Amadou remaining a target after some rumoured interest from SE25 at the very start of 2018.
With the French club likely to be against the idea of losing their captain midway through the season, it’s no surprise to learn that Dougie Freedman and Steve Parish are having to negotiate hard in a bid to convince them that a deal makes sense but it’s good to know that we’ve identified our targets early and are going all out to sign them before the closure of the window looms too large on the horizon.
Given the last-minute nature of our business over the summer, you can forgive any Palace fan for feeling a tad sceptical over the “talk” of transfers from inside the club with nothing tangible to show for our efforts but as I said at the top of the page, Dom is one of the few names in the national press that is universally trusted by the Eagles’ fan-base, giving this particular report a feeling of authority that you can’t attribute to many others.
Should the three specific names mentioned above all be playing in red and blue in three week’s time, I’ll be far more comfortable with our squad depth heading into the final stretch of the campaign, let’s hope Dougie, Steve and Roy aren’t desperate for any early in nights in the immediate future.