He’s currently out of contract having been released by relegated Stoke City but according to reports over the weekend, 33-year-old Glen Johnson is currently on Palace boss Roy Hodgson’s radar.
Whilst it’s hardly a story to get your pulse racing as a fan, I would imagine that the former West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool man is being looked upon as a back-up option should our other targets at full-back fail to work out. Of course, Johnson is now well past his best but having worked with the current Palace boss at England level, I dare say he’s seen as a safe if ageing pair of hands.
As things stand, long-term squad member Joel Ward is yet to give the club his final answer over the new contract he’s been offered, leaving just Martin Kelly and academy graduate Aaron Wan-Bissaka as feasible options to fill in on the right side of defence next season.
With this in mind, you can be absolutely certain that we will be looking to enter the market for reinforcements before the August deadline; as evidenced by the link that has already emerged between ourselves and Marseille’s Japanese defender Hiroki Sakai, who is believed to be valued at around £11 million by the French outfit.
Of course, should Wan-Bissaka remain fit and healthy throughout the entire 2018/19 campaign, the sight of Joel Ward putting pen to paper on a contract extension would likely be enough to satisfy our needs but given the injury crisis we have endured over the last nine months, I can certainly see why the boss is keen to add another level of depth below the undeniably talented starting XI.
Johnson’s release from Stoke hardly bodes well for his future prospects, particularly when you consider the fact that he’s made just 10 appearances since last August. I will of course trust Roy’s judgement but I would cautiously suggest that, if Glen does sign for us, a number of far more feasible targets will have gone up in smoke beforehand.
Any further updates will be published as soon as possible.