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.
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) January 15, 2018
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.