We’re still some way off the start of the summer transfer window but reports (albeit in The Sun) suggest that Crystal Palace hold an interest in Celta Vigo midfielder Daniel Wass.
With four goals and seven assists to his name in 27 appearances this term, you can certainly understand why Palace would be interested in securing his services but if (as reported) Leicester and Swansea are also keen on the La Liga star, we may have a battle on our hands.
At 28, Wass is seemingly in the prime of his career with plenty of scouts across Europe sure to sit up and take notice when they realise that he’ll be heading into the final year of his contract over the summer. Given the limited time he’ll have left with Celta by then, there are suggestions that he’ll be available for as little as £4 million, which could turn out to be quite the bargain.
Born in Denmark and having previously played for Brondby, there is every chance that Hodgson (given his extensive knowledge of the Scandinavian game) is already well aware of what Wass could offer to our side in the years to come. Of course, if Claude Puel’s Foxes are serious about making a move for him we may struggle to wrestle him away but whenever a player from that part of the world is mentioned, the gaffer’s name seems to go a long way towards convincing them of our intentions.
With 16 full international caps to his name there is no doubting the wide man’s pedigree and even though some will worry about his chances of getting starts ahead of the likes of Townsend and Zaha, I think it’s fair to say that we’re lacking any real depth on the flanks below the aforementioned pairing.
Obviously, given the source of this story it could be absolute rubbish but I have to admit, on the face of things, this rumour is one that makes a fair amount of sense.
We’ll keep an eye on it.