There are still a few weeks left in the 2017/18 season but across Europe, speculation is beginning to grow over one or two summer transfers, with Palace now being linked with another attempt to sign Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker.
The 23-year-old is a name that has been familiar to plenty of English football fans in recent months, with both Everton and West Ham having been spoken about as potential destinations for him well before Palace even made their intentions known.
As always seems to be the way with our transfer dealings, news of our interest only began to surface in the final stages of the January window, leaving both clubs and the player himself up against an almost impossible time schedule. Such was the frustration over the timing of our offer, that Anderlecht’s general manager Herman Van Holsbeek was quoted as saying: “Especially the time of the negotiations was unfortunate. If we had received that offer on January 2nd, we would have had a whole month to negotiate and find an alternative.”
Leaving our previous problems to one side, reports in Belgian publication HLN on Wednesday now suggest that Hodgson and co. are primed and ready to reignite their interest in Dendoncker, if and when our Premier League status has been mathematically confirmed for another season.
Whilst Anderlecht themselves were understandably keen to not lose one of their key first-team stars in the final moments of the transfer window, Leander himself was said to be furious with the club for blocking his move to the Premier League, leading me to feel as though he’d be happy to revisit the prospect of a switch to Selhurst Park if it is offered to him again over the summer.
Hopefully, with a rough plan already in place and a significantly longer period in which to iron out the details, we can work something out with the Belgian champions that leaves everyone feeling like a winner.