Palace’s “Interest” In Celtic’s Dembele Shows Sky Sports At Their Worst

1 Posted by - January 16, 2018 - News

Late last week we saw Sky Sports employees discussing Diafra Sakho’s proposed move from West Ham to Crystal Palace, only for it to mysteriously “break down” and now it seems they’re at it again with Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.

The 21-year-old has been linked with all manner of moves to Premier League clubs over the last six months or so with none of the rumours coming to fruition and yesterday, we were treated to the sight of Sky Sports employee Bryan Swanson quoting his colleague Kaveh Solhekol to say that “no bid has been made”.

Given the fact that Palace have just one fit striker on their books in the shape of Christian Benteke, it stands to reason that they would be interested in a front man as prolific as Moussa Dembele in the current transfer window but without a concrete offer having been put on the table, it is the definition of a fake story coming from inside the Sky Sports dream factory.

Swanson and Solhekol have a monstrous 536,000 followers between them on Twitter, meaning that their words travel far and wide within minutes of being spat out into the ether and in this case, it’s difficult to see how the line they’ve come up with is news-based in the slightest. There won’t be a club outside the top six of the Premier League who aren’t “interested” in signing Dembele, with the ambiguity of the word itself giving Sky Sports free reign to do as they please when it comes to giving “insider” information throughout the January transfer window.

I’ve said it on many occasions before but their employers’ continuing business relationship with SkyBet makes the whole thing feel extremely murky, particularly when you consider that they’re currently one of just two bookmakers offering odds on the man in question joining the Eagles from north of the border this January.

We may end up making a move for Dembele over the next couple of weeks but there are a bevy of other clubs who fall into the same bracket. One thing I am 99% sure of, is that Sky Sports themselves aren’t ahead of the game when it comes to our intentions.

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  • Donovan January 16, 2018 - 7:11 am Reply

    Could not agree more. As a Celtic fan it is frustrating constantly seeing our players bandied around wih very little basis for the rumours other than them being decent players. It’s good to hear a sane voice in English football who understands this and doesn’t just presume that a player such as Dembele will eagerly jump ship at the slighest sniff of interest from an English team. I think Dembele will end up in the Premiership eventually but I really don’t see it being in this window due to the Europa League and the opportunity to develop himself and win more trophies. Good article, cheers mate.

    • admin January 16, 2018 - 7:14 am Reply

      No worries, Donovan. The upheaval of a mid-season move south, particularly when he’s playing in Europe at the moment does make it look unlikely but as we all know, Sky love to talk up potential transfers when there’s nothing of substance to discuss. Sadly, it’s the landscape we all have to navigate in 2018.

      All the best.

  • Kelly Taylor January 16, 2018 - 1:27 pm Reply

    Why would he want to leave Celtic when last year they had a phemonial unbeaten season and are by the best team in Scotland?
    Trophies for a relegation battle? I personally can’t see that and as a Tottenham fan my club is always the brunt of sky sports bull. Our players are always leaving, they are always unhappy according to Sky sports. This was a good and honest article.

    • admin January 16, 2018 - 1:36 pm Reply

      It’s just a never-ending merry-go-round of rumour and intrigue which satisfies their need to boost traffic. Dreadful organisation.

  • ee signing January 16, 2018 - 1:43 pm Reply

    I hink aball of the clubls in the top 6 have been linked with Wilf Zaha in the last couple of months. It irritating and unnerving. Your star player is someone elses marqee signing.

    Think we just have to get used to it

  • Gary January 16, 2018 - 6:02 pm Reply

    It’s not even intrigue just plain old bull sh*te..

    I guess it comes with having “transfer centre” need some ol crap to fill those half hourly shows.

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