Roy Hodgson has spoken about Palace’s pursuit of both Vicente Guaita and Ibrahim Amadou with just a couple of days until the January windows closes, not that you’ll necessarily be too happy with the answers that he’s given.
Whilst the club are still desperately in need of a striker to provide competition to Christian Benteke between now and the end of the campaign, their efforts to bring both Guaita and Amadou to SE25 have been spoken about at great length since the turn of the year, without much in the way of progress being made with either Getafe or Lille over a formal agreement.
Although both Hennessey and Speroni will remain on Palace’s books until the end of the 2017-18 campaign at the very least, Roy has made no secret of the fact that he’d like a third goalkeeper at the club from the moment he arrived in September, with a stopper of Guaita’s quality almost certain to take the number one shirt immediately. Rumours suggest that we’ve already finalised the terms of a contract for Vicente with a move guaranteed to happen in the summer but for both us and the player, it would be ideal to see him make the switch inside the next 36 hours.
In the case of Lille captain Amadou, Roy remained extremely coy, refusing to deny that the club do indeed have an interest in bringing him in but simultaneously playing down any chance of an agreement being reached in the timeframe necessary for the January window. Admittedly, we haven’t heard anything about how the man himself feels about a potential move but for Lille, it’s a deal that will only be done at the right price, which as of yet, Palace have failed to get close to.
You’d like to think that things will really start to pick up momentum in the next few hours, given the rather pressing needs we have for reinforcements at the back and front of our side but you can never really be sure of how well things are going to pan out for Palace on Deadline Day. Logic suggests that we’ll be extremely busy but it’s probably best not to get your hopes up just yet.