Frank de Boer has been talking about his departure from Crystal Palace in the Russian press over the last 24 hours and whilst the predictable grumbles over his early dismissal were trotted out, he also took a moment or two to discuss a failed €30 million move for Spartak Moscow’s Quincy Promes.
Having arrived with an ambition to alter the club’s playing style drastically, the Dutchman had supposedly been keeping a close eye on Promes but was left with no option but to let hopes of a possible deal go when he discovered that Palace simply didn’t have the sort of funds necessary to pull off such a transfer.
The Amsterdam-born wide-man has been a real hit over in the Russian capital and was of obvious interest to Frank for all sorts of reasons but thanks to the big money move that had been completed for Christian Benteke the previous summer, not to mention the similarly sized deal for Mamadou Sakho that was on the cards at the time, it’s no surprise to learn that the Palace hierarchy said no to Promes in rather emphatic fashion.
Still just 26, Promes is capable of operating on either wing with minimum fuss and has notched a hugely impressive 15 goals and eight assists for Spartak so far this term. Of course, with Zaha and Sako now sidelined for a considerable amount of time, the thought of having someone of Quincy’s quality at the club is mouthwatering but back in July, I could hardly have blamed the Palace board for wanting to direct our budget in different directions.
There is every chance that a Premier League club will take a punt on Promes during the summer transfer window, such is the impression he’s making over in Russia. Who knows? It may well be us who bite the bullet first and push for a deal this time around, if indeed the man himself is willing to swap Spartak for Selhurst.
Watch this space.