He may be 35 but former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna had been holding out hope of signing a deal with Crystal Palace shortly before putting pen to paper on a six-month deal with Serie A strugglers Benevento in February.
Having become a household name in English football following extremely successful stints with both the Gunners and Manchester City, Sagna has been speaking to French sporting newspaper L’Equipe about his recent desire to return “home” to London at either Palace or West Ham United.
According to the man himself, both clubs had been negotiating with him ahead of a possible move but after both lines of communication went dead, he was forced to readjust his sights and plump for a deal with Italian outfit Benevento instead.
Whilst the right-back has undoubtedly got a great deal of pedigree and experience, his ageing legs, coupled with the pace of the Premier League probably left just a tad too much doubt in Roy Hodgson’s mind when weighing up whether or not to offer him a contract at Selhurst Park.
Admittedly, strength in depth is always something to look for when plotting a path through what is an extremely draining league campaign but the return of Joel Ward from injury, not to mention the continued presence of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, probably left Roy and his coaching staff feeling as though other areas of the squad were in more drastic need of attention.
With an already bloated wage-bill and issues across the squad in relation to injuries, the last thing we would need is another player on decent money who is struggling to make the grade for the first-team. I can’t say for sure but from everything that was said in the final few months of his time on City’s books, Bacary’s ship has now sailed in relation to regular appearances in the top tier.
Do you see it as a bullet dodged or would you like to have seen the Frenchman given another crack in the Premier League?