You may remember reports linking Palace with a move for Östersund hotshot Samman Ghoddos at the end of the of the last transfer window; a story which has now been given fresh legs with the news that influential director Daniel Kindberg has left the club following his arrest over accusations of fraud.
The Swedish club, who made a name for themselves on these shores earlier this season when taking on Arsenal in the Europa League knockout stages, are still finding their way in the game following their foundation in 1996. Coached by Englishman Graham Potter, there has been plenty of goodwill towards them from neutrals in recent months but following these recent revelations, we could well see their current squad being dismantled over the summer.
Back in January, both Palace and West Ham were rumoured to be interested in securing Ghoddos’ services, only for Kindberg himself to act as the barrier between them and the player. Despite their relative minnow status within the European game, the former chairman is said to have turned down formal bids for the striker from both QPR and Celta Vigo; a stance that Östersund are unlikely to maintain if one or all of the aforementioned clubs return with concrete offers over the next few months.
Born in Malmo, the 24-year-old has already been at the centre of a tug-of-war between the Swedish and Iranian national teams and is thought to be open to the idea of a “big move” after winning plenty of plaudits for his performances in this season’s Europa League. Praised directly by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger following the first leg of their knockout tie, he certainly isn’t likely to be short of offers in the UK.
All that’s left now is for Palace (or one of the many other clubs named) to take advantage of Kindberg’s absence. Östersund’s story may have felt like a footballing fairytale at times this season but when it comes to the business of summer transfers, there’s little to no room for sentiment.