25-Year-Old “One Step Away” From Leaving Italy For Crystal Palace

2 Posted by - July 20, 2018 - News

Yesterday saw the reemergence of rumours linking Crystal Palace with a move for Senegalese-born Serie A striker Khouma Babacar and now, according to reports from Sassulolo’s local paper, the frontman is “one step away” from making the switch to Selhurst Park.

The Eagles have been linked with moves for Babacar in all of the last four transfer window, leaving supporters feeling sceptical about the feasibility of the latest round of speculation. Clearly, we have held an interest in the past but with the striker having only left Fiorentina for Sassuolo last week, the timing of this all feels rather random.

The rationale behind his new club’s willingness to entertain talk of a deal stems from the potential for a quick and sizeable profit on the sum they’ve just shelled out to Fiorentina. Obviously, they were happy with their purchase but the possibility of making £4-5 million on him in just three weeks is said to be far too enticing to dismiss from their end.

Whilst Palace did undoubtedly struggle for goals last season, there are no real guarantees that Babacar will be the man to get them for us next season, if he is indeed set to make a move to SE25. His loan spell at Sassuolo last term saw him net twice in 13 appearances, which in itself probably serves as another reason for their willingness to play ball over a transfer.

Benteke, Sørloth and Wickham all offer broadly the same thing from a tactical perspective and in Babacar, it’s difficult to imagine we’ll be getting anything that different. Standing at 6’3, he’s been known to drift into the channels and pose a physical problem for defences but question marks remain over his chances of bagging 15 or more goals when playing in a division as competitive as the Premier League.

It’s a deal that few were expecting but after a summer of little to no news, this story does at least appear to have legs.

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13 Comments

  • Tom July 20, 2018 - 5:31 am Reply

    Can’t see Wickham playing another game for us if we sign this guy .. shame he always looked full of potential to me

    • admin July 20, 2018 - 10:11 am Reply

      We might find a rotation of strikers if none of them can find form, Tom… 😉

  • Malcolm McKay July 20, 2018 - 6:16 am Reply

    I can not see this happening we have very little to spend unless he comes as a loan. But even then we have Benteke, Sørloth, and Wickham or does Roy believes Wickham is unlikely to play again and Sorloth has not got what it takes. In any event who needs a striker that does not score goals, not Palace for sure.

  • Sharpy July 20, 2018 - 6:25 am Reply

    If this happens I can see Benteke leaving which would free up a sizable sum for wages and the transfer fee.

    Why do people on here all seem to think Sorloth’s a poor signing the poor bloke hasn’t had a chance yet !

    • Concerned Eagle July 20, 2018 - 10:16 am Reply

      Because he looked v slow in the appearances he made. Totally unproven at the top level.

  • Spiceboy July 20, 2018 - 6:48 am Reply

    Hoppo u accuse the mirror of click bait then write this article. WE HAVE NO MONEY. This has about as much chance of happening as us selling benteke for 30 million. Any player linked to a loan to palace I will entertain the rest is pie in the sky. Trust me u will be seeing a couple of youth players in our squad this year if not more to make up numbers.

    • admin July 20, 2018 - 10:13 am Reply

      Spiceboy, I’m referencing an article which sources Sassuolo’s local paper, not saying it myself. The Mirror piece literally contradicts itself inside 100 words. Clickbait isn’t reporting news, it’s directly misleading readers with headlines. I spend upwards of 30 hours a week writing articles for HLTCO, I get up at 5am and spend 3 hours writing Monday-Friday before doing a full day’s work.

      • Gordon July 21, 2018 - 5:48 pm Reply

        I value & appreciate the service you provide, Dan – doing all the searching on our behalves and presenting the news to us promptly & with intelligent comment. Yes, a lot of the transfer talk in the media is pure speculation, but I’d prefer to know about it than not. Keep up the good work!

  • terence carter July 20, 2018 - 7:32 am Reply

    as i said on your forum last week,zaha,would now be looking to move.although i don,t get why tottenham,but there we are.and if he stay,s do u really expect him to perform at his best when his mind is elsewhere.i personally belive in the adage,if a player,s unhappy get rid.just being realistic,for what zaha would fetch suggested 70 million,he,s not that good.nun the lest,we could buy 3 good quality players and cash in the bank.sorry, i know it,s not what we want to hear,but we have to be realistic.and put the team as a whole first.

    • Eric The Ninja July 21, 2018 - 12:12 am Reply

      get rid of Zaha for 70 mil? he’s not that good? I disagree

  • Gordon July 20, 2018 - 11:10 am Reply

    If wilf does want to go (even though we’ve never heard it from him) it needs to be done sooner rather than later. Parish can’t wait for the maximum money in the last couple of days of the transfer window and then have no time to reinvest with 2-3 quality signings and just bank the money. Personally I think it’s just crap talk from the papers because they haven’t got anything better to print. Fingers crossed 😬

    • admin July 20, 2018 - 11:20 am Reply

      Agreed there Gordon. If a sale was ever on the table, it should have been sorted at the start of the summer.

  • ee signing July 20, 2018 - 12:52 pm Reply

    We had no options last year. If we can afford him lets get it done

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