According to Turkish newspaper Aksam, Crystal Palace are preparing a bid of around £5.4 million for Moroccan international midfielder Younes Belhanda, who is currently on the books of Super Lig giants Galatasaray.
Whilst there have been persistent reports regarding a potential move for Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons in recent days, the most up-to-date news is that the Frenchman is unsure over whether or not to accept a move to SE25, leaving us with no option other than to explore different avenues.
Given the differing stature of the two men in the European game, it sounds as though Belhanda would be far cheaper than the Roma midfielder, with his low fee aided by Galatasaray’s apparently pressing need to cut their outgoings over worries relating to Financial Fair Play.
The initial noises coming out of Turkey hint that Belhanda too may not be completely sold on the idea of swapping Instanbul for SE25, given the potential to participate in European competition with his current employers next season but if they do make it clear that they want him gone, you’d hope he’s take the plunge and make the switch to a place where he is wanted.
Younes now has two league titles to his name, one with Montpellier in the 2011-12 season and one from last season with his current employers but according to those in the know, plenty of Galatasaray fans have been quick to raise concerns over his game, leading manager Fatih Terim to give the board the green light to find a willing buyer over the summer.
From Palace’s perspective, this looks to be a relatively cheap deal for a player with many of the attributes necessary to step into the heart of our midfield from the off but as things stand, it sounds as though the man himself is still in need of convincing that a move to Selhurst lies in his best interests.
Let’s hope he has a change of heart well in advance of the rapidly approaching transfer deadline.