Crystal Palace’s interest in Lille captain Ibrahim Amadou has been spoken about for more than a year now but after supposedly having two bids rejected for him in this window, reports are now claiming that a third offer has been knocked back by the Ligue Un outfit.
Clearly sold on the idea of bringing Amadou into the fold at Selhurst Park, a pair of bids, believed to have been just beneath and just over the £16 million mark have reportedly been rejected in rather rapid fashion by Lille, with suggestions that they want closer to £20 million to let him fly the nest.
Known to have money worries as a consequence of Financial Fair Play regulations, you would like to think that a bid of close to the aforementioned figure would set the wheels in motion but if the report linked at the top of the page is genuine, then it seems unlikely that we’ll significantly change our stance with just a couple of days left to do business in the window.
Still without a striker or a goalkeeper despite links to plenty of both since 2017 drew to a close, supporters are likely to ask for an explanation if we do indeed end up splashing such an eye-catching sum on Amadou without making strides in either of those departments beforehand. In truth, whilst I am usually trusting of the planning that takes place behind the scenes, even I would be a little taken aback if we did end up with the Lille man and no striker on the morning of February the 1st but for now, I’ll keep my powder dry.
Alongside our own pressing needs, the fact that last night’s 2-1 home win over Strasbourg has only just lifted Lille out of the relegation zone leaves me wondering how happy they’ll be to let a key cog in their midfield leave without any time in which to source a replacement for him before the window closes. Yes, they’re obviously in need of extra funds but even so, to lose Amadou would potentially cause real problems for the rest of their season, given how close they are to the drop zone.
Ibrahim’s potential switch to SE25 was one which made rather a lot of sense at the start of January but is now looking increasingly unlikely as each day goes by. Of course I’d like to see him come in if a deal can be struck between now and the 31st but as things stand, I wouldn’t hold my breath.