So far this summer, Crystal Palace have made one permanent addition to their playing squad in the shape of Spanish goalkeeper Vicente Guaita but according to various reports over the last few days, they could be about to snatch Stuart Armstrong away from Celtic.
Whilst the Iverness-born midfielder is still under contract at Parkhead, he is reportedly stalling on negotiations over an extension, leaving Brendan Rodgers’ men torn over whether or not to cash in on him in the current window or risk losing him for absolutely nothing at the end of next season.
Widely rated across Scotland, Armstrong may well be keen to broaden his horizons and test himself in the Premier League from week to week, with Crystal Palace believed to be happy to give him the platform necessary to do so. Of course, in terms of overall stature, the Scottish champions outrank the Eagles but aside from their participation in European competition, a switch to Selhurst Park has plenty of benefits attached to it.
Having originally joined the Hoops in 2015 after spending five years on Dundee United’s books, Armstrong has gone on to become one of Celtic’s most consistent performers over the last year or so. At the end of the campaign just gone, he had amassed a total of 142 appearances in green and white, bagging 27 goals in the process, giving us all an indication as to why his current employers are so keen to keep hold of him.
With Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s loan from Chelsea having come to an end, Roy Hodgson is understandably anxious to bolster his creative options ahead of the August deadline and has seemingly made the Scotland international one of his primary targets. I dare say we won’t be the only club interested in him this summer but by making our intentions known so early, we are at least giving the player and his representatives reassurance over the role we have in mind for him in SE25.
We’ll give you any further updates on the story as and when they come.