Italian international striker Eder appears absolutely desperate not to join Crystal Palace despite the Eagles making a play for his services, preferring the prospect of a move to Russia.
The Brazilian-born frontman has undoubtedly lost his way at Inter over the last 12 months or so, creating something of a frosty relationship between him and head coach Luciano Spalletti. Whilst he is of course still a talented player, the presence of other attacking options has left him with limited game time, prompting the club themselves to search the market for a willing buyer.
Having been brought to Milan from Sampdoria by former coach Roberto Mancini, it looks as though Eder has his heart set on a reunion with his former gaffer at Zenit but as of yet, the Russian outfit have failed to come up with an offer that is deemed acceptable for Inter.
It seems as though both Zenit and ourselves have tried to secure Eder on an initial loan deal with a purchase option included for the summer but by the looks of things, The Blue and Blacks are intent on shifting him off their books permanently this January.
His former club Sampdoria are believed to have been sounded out directly over the prospect of a deal but are currently full to the brim with striking options, leaving all parties at something of a stalemate as things stand. Obviously, a switch to the Premier League is not something that whets Eder’s appetite which, although a shame, does at least allow us to move on without wondering what might have been.
Having been linked with a move for Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar for the entirety of the January window and many before it, there still seems to be a realistic chance of us making a late bid for his services, whilst rumours persist about a number of differing attacking options across Europe with a week left to go. My personal preference would be Babacar followed by a move for Jack Marriott at Peterborough but I’m aware that both are unlikely to occur without a relatively significant amount of money coming into the club’s coffers beforehand.
It looks as though we can be 99.9% sure of a move for Eder now being taken off the table. Could he have been good us? Without a doubt. Am I sad that he doesn’t fancy it? Nowhere near as much as some.
Onwards and upwards.