REPORT: An Update On Palace’s Pursuit Of Babacar, Guaita & Amadou

0 Posted by - January 15, 2018 - News

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.

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  • tzcar January 15, 2018 - 4:35 pm Reply

    again hoppo u miss the point.what has freedman being doing these last 5 months. these players should have been identified for the start of january.all the details should have been in place,ready for go.not as is always the way.last coulpe of day,s left in transfer window.i just dont like the way parish and company,go about transfer business.its too much presure for the manager,and our loyal fans.get it sorted now.

    • admin January 15, 2018 - 9:56 pm Reply

      We have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes tzcar. I don’t think it’s fair to slate Freedman without definite knowledge of what’s happening at board level.

      • Geone January 17, 2018 - 7:25 am Reply

        No it’s not right to slate them but tzar, definitely has point they left it far too in the Summer window which hasn’t help the squad this season at all..!! Especially at the start..

        • Geone January 17, 2018 - 7:26 am Reply

          Late sorry..!!

          • Geone January 17, 2018 - 7:30 am

            Well they are working on it now so lets see what happens… But I do think as I mentioned below Babacar deal is dragging on way too long!!

  • Geone January 17, 2018 - 6:50 am Reply

    This deal is taking farr too long to be honest I’m skeptical on whether it will get over the line now I’m sorry for playing devil’s advocate The chance of regularly football wouldn’t that alone have been a big enough carrot for incentive!!!

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