Crystal Palace are said to be lining up a move for relegated West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore, with a proposed transfer fee of £10 million having been mentioned.
Whilst plenty would see Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a far more preferable option than Livermore, everything seems to point towards the 22-year-old staying on Chelsea’s books for at least the first few months of the 2018/19 season, leaving Roy Hodgson with no option other than to look for alternative options within the summer market.
Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur are fully committed to the club for the foreseeable future but with Yohan Cabaye’s contract set to expire and talks over a new deal continuing to be shrouded in mystery, I can’t pretend to be too surprised at the emergence of rumours linking us with a player like Livermore. Having succumbed to the drop with the Baggies, he represents a solid if unspectacular presence in the middle of the park, enabling Hodgson to add a greater level of strength in depth ahead of the new campaign.
Of course, with Jairo Riedewald still on the books, you could argue that there are more pressing areas of concern in the squad at the time of writing but you can expect a rather large number of incomings and outgoings between now and early August in SE25, such is the nature of our current squad’s make-up.
Whilst Livermore never has and indeed never will go on to set the world alight, you can imagine that Hodgson and his coaching staff view the England man as a safe pair of hands, who is more than capable of sticking to and implementing the strict tactical plans that the gaffer looks to enforce from week to week without much fuss.
At first glance, you could argue that £10 million is a tad steep for a player with Livermore’s specific skill-set but with a host of clubs likely to be interested in him following West Brom’s fall through the Premier League trap-door, you would imagine a mini bidding war may take place prior to a deal being finalised for him.
We’ll keep an eye on it.