Back in January, both Crystal Palace and West Ham were heavily linked with a move for Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker, only for the Belgian club to turn down our advances as a consequence of the time that was left in the transfer window but now, we’ve been given a positive update regarding a possible summer deal by his club’s new owner Marc Coucke.
Whilst the 23-year-old was known to be upset about Anderlecht’s refusal to let him leave at the start of 2018, it hasn’t stopped him from playing an active part in the the first-team over the last few months, including a goal-scoring performance against Charleroi in their most recent game.
Given the manner in which Palace were rebuffed back in January, I’ll readily admit to having been a little unsure about our chances of landing a player of Dendoncker’s potential during the next transfer window but judging by the new Anderlecht owner’s statement, it’s a deal that is still very much on the cards, if we do indeed return with an offer that they see as a fair representation of their star man’s market value.
Still incredibly young with the potential for further improvement over the next couple of years, we may find ourselves battling with clubs of far greater stature once the transfer window re-opens but for now, it looks as though the path is relatively clear for either one of us or West Ham to make a concrete offer.
Admittedly, midfield is an area of the Palace squad that is currently looking rather well stocked but with a degree of uncertainty over the future of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Yohan Cabaye in the centre of the park, you wouldn’t be surprised to see Roy Hodgson and co. making a decisive early bid to tie down a player of Dendoncker’s well-documented potential as a direct replacement for one of the aforementioned pair.
At this stage I’m well aware that there are many Palace fans who despise the constant speculation that surrounds each and every transfer window but with the 2017/18 Premier League campaign now edging towards its conclusion, I’m afraid more and more stories of this nature are going to be making their way into the public domain from day to day.
Let’s hope we don’t allow this particular one drag on too long.