Saman Ghoddos is a name the vast majority of Palace fans have never heard but according to reports over the last few days, both ourselves and West Ham are weighing up a summer move for him.
Born in Sweden but also of Iranian descent, the attacking midfielder has been on the books of Östersunds (the team now famous for taking on Arsenal in the Europa League) since 2016. During that time he’s managed to amass a record of 31 goals in 70 games, earning call-ups to both the Swedish and Iranian national teams in the process.
Having been torn between the two nations Ghoddos decided that a place in the Iranian squad made a greater deal of sense for him in the long-term and turned his back on the Swedish set-up despite a desire from their coaches to involve him in the group. Following a long-running saga, he scored his first goal for Iran against Panama (England’s opponents in the 2018 World Cup) in November of 2017.
After growing accustomed to a degree of media interest, Saman probably wasn’t too taken aback to hear of rumours linking him with a summer move to the Premier League, admitting that he was flattered to be spoken about in such terms but doing nothing to suggest that a deal had already been struck.
With both ourselves and West Ham uncertain as to whether or not we’ll be plying our trade in the top flight next season it probably makes sense to wait another month or two anyway but after the signing of Norwegian striker Alexander Sørloth, not to mention the late play we made to secure the services of Brondby number one Frederick Ronnow back in January, the stories linking us with Ghoddos suggest that those behind the scenes in SE25 are now hyper-aware of the Scandinavian market.
It does of course make a great deal of sense given Roy Hodgson’s historic ties to that part of Europe but with no guarantees over our long-term status in the top flight just yet, you would think any official confirmation of a deal between us and the Östersunds man is still some way off.
After the madcap rush of the January transfer window I’ve been left desperately hoping that we have things ready and waiting to go at the start of the summer regardless of the division we’re playing in. Hopefully, if we are serious about Ghoddos, we’ll go straight in for the kill as soon as possible.