Reports in Italy are suggesting that Crystal Palace’s representatives have travelled to Inter Milan’s training facilities in a bid to convince Brazilian-born striker Eder that a move to SE25 makes sense.
Whilst the press have been speaking about the Eagles’ interest in the Italy international for some time now, the man himself is believed to be unsure about the move, leading to frustration at both the San Siro and Selhurst Park.
With Palace in desperate need of a striker to provide competition for the faltering Christian Benteke, an £11 million move for Eder had seemed like a feasible option at the start of the month but after a lukewarm response from the 31-year-old, it looks as though we’ve been forced to change our angle of attack.
Despite a career record of a goal every 3.16 games, not to mention the 26 caps he’s won for the Italian national team, his form this term has been far from impressive, bagging just once in 14 appearances for The Black and Blues. Indeed, his entire stint in Milan has been underwhelming, with just 12 goals to his game in 69 outings, 10 of which came last season.
Known for his pace and impressive work-rate, there is every chance that Roy Hodgson sees him as the ideal option for us when playing on the counter-attack, as opposed to the aforementioned Benteke. Admittedly, his goalscoring form appears to have fallen off a cliff of late but if we can help him to rediscover the confidence he clearly had between 2013-16 whilst at Sampdoria, we’ll be onto a winner.
On the face of things, I’m not over the moon at the thought of us splashing out an eight-figure sum on a misfiring striker who’s not keen on making the move to begin with but I trust Roy and Dougie’s judgement on these matters, so I’m happy to wait and see what unfolds.
Clearly, this one isn’t just a case of paper talk with no substance behind it.