If you’re a Palace fan with even a passing interest in transfer gossip, the chances are you’ll have already heard of Khouma Babacar. The 25-year-old striker has been linked with a move to Selhurst Park on roughly 467 occasions and last night, rumours of another bid resurfaced.
Originally born in Senegal, the 6’3 frontman was on Fiorentina’s books between 2008 and 2018, undertaking plenty of loan moves elsewhere over the course of the 10 year stint. The last of those switches, with fellow Italian outfit Sassuolo, ended with Babacar signing a permanent deal but now, just a few weeks later, it seems the Eagles are keen to offer them the chance to make a quick and tidy profit.
Khouma is a player who has been targeted by Palace time and again over the last three years and whilst Fiorentina never went as far as accepting a bid from us, it’s been clear that those behind the scenes in SE25 are big fans of the forward.
His goal record, 63 in 208 appearances is not likely to make many of a red and blue persuasion sit up in their chairs but given his age, height and regular appearances in Serie A, I can see why Palace are keen to explore the possibility of bringing him into the fold. Whilst we now have Benteke, Sørloth and Wickham ready and waiting to go, Hodgson and co. are no doubt mindful of the fact that no one other than Luka Milivojevic managed to score 10 goals last term, leaving us with a need to secure a tad more firepower.
Plenty will rightly ask where the replacements for Cabaye and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are but with Roy having spoken openly about the club’s intention of utilising the loan market at a later point in the window, I can’t complain if the club are looking to bring Babacar in as a matter of urgency well in advance of the deadline.
Plenty will ask why Sassuolo would be open to selling a player they have only just bought but with a potential quick profit on their hands, the Italians may feel as though it makes perfect sense for them given what else is on offer and I certainly won’t be lambasting them for taking our money.
There is a feel of Groundhog Day about the whole thing but in 2018, it wouldn’t be a Palace transfer window if we weren’t linked with Babacar. He’s become the modern-day David Nugent.