Crystal Palace’s pursuit of Inter Milan striker Eder has rumbled on for some time already and now, a report from FC Inter News has claimed that the Brazilian-born striker is dead set against moving to Crystal Palace or indeed any club that are “not on the same level as Inter”.
It’s a well-known fact that Roy Hodgson and the Palace board have been frantically searching the market for attacking reinforcements since the 70-year-old first took the job back in September but after earmarking Eder as a possible new recruit, they’ve come up against a figurative brick wall from the player himself.
In Inter’s defence, they too are keen to see the Italian international leave Milan and are believed to have sounded out Liverpool over a move for Daniel Sturridge in recent weeks but with Eder himself seemingly unwilling to move on and financial constraints hamstringing The Black and Blues, it looks as though all parties are at something of a dead end.
Initially, it had been reported that Eder was looking to reunite with former Inter boss Roberto Mancini at Zenit St. Petersburg but after they ran into similar problems to us over the structure of a deal for him, any chance of the 31-year-old making the switch to Russia appeared to disappear in a puff of smoke.
Quite who Eder himself is expecting to make a play for him is anyone’s guess at this stage. Yes, he’s undoubtedly a talented and effective footballer on his day but with just 12 goals to his name in the last three years at the San Siro, he probably shouldn’t hold out too many hopes of a European super-power riding in to save the day at the last minute.
I said when the story first broke that I was apprehensive of bringing in a player who seemed so lukewarm to idea of playing for us and I can’t help but feel that the reports which have followed have vindicated that position. I can completely understand why Roy Hodgson would be keen to sign him from a purely footballing perspective but beyond that, it would almost certainly be a move that would end in disaster.