Whilst many supporters will still be catching their breath after the Premier League season reached its conclusion little more than a week ago, The Guardian have a story covering five potential new recruits for Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Alongside a potential bid for West Ham’s Michail Antonio, which is covered in more detail here, Dominic Fifield, (the paper’s London football correspondent) suggests that Palace retain a serious level of interest in moves for central midfielders Joe Allen and Leander Dendoncker from Stoke City and Anderlecht respectively, whilst also being keen to explore possible deals for right-backs Almamy Toure and Ryan Fredericks from Monaco and Fulham over the next couple of weeks.
Of course, Palace’s recent history in the transfer market has seen the majority of their business left until the last few hours of the window but with the club having been lambasted by supporters in the wake of a particularly frantic end to the January window, there is real hope of those with power behind the scenes getting deals over the line well in advance of Deadline Day this time around.
Indeed, manager Roy Hodgson has spoken openly about his desire for he, Dougie Freedman and Steve Parish to ensure that we aren’t swimming against the tide depth wise once the new season gets underway, given the ridiculous injury crisis we were forced to contend with midway through last season. Admittedly, the number of players we had on the treatment table was freakishly large at one time but there is no denying that at present, the level of quality beneath the first-choice 13-14 players isn’t good enough to rotate effectively throughout an entire nine-month campaign.
Whether or not we end up landing any of the five names mentioned in the report above remains to be seen but it’s certainly comforting to know that the club have identified a number of feasible targets at this early stage of the summer. Let’s hope we don’t hang around too long before making concrete bids for some of them.