The last week has seen numerous reports linking Crystal Palace with an £11 million offer for West Ham defensive midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté but according to the most recent noises coming out of The London Stadium, it sounds as though the Hammers have rejected our most recent bid, casting doubt over whether Roy Hodgson will look to return with fresh terms.
Ever since the departure of Yohan Cabaye and Ruben Loftus-Cheek at the end of the 2017/18 season, it has been clear to anyone with even a passing interest in Palace’s fortunes that they are in need of reinforcements in the centre of midfield ahead of the new campaign, with Kouyaté looked upon by many as a more than capable direct replacement for the recently departed Frenchman.
In truth, the majority of the Irons’ faithful feel as though the Senegalese international’s performances have dipped significantly over the course of the last 12 months but given his initially impressive start to life in claret and blue, I can’t pretend to be too worried about his game under Roy Hodgson’s careful guidance. Standing at 6’2 and still only 28, I don’t think I’m going out on too much of a limb by saying that his 129 Premier League appearances and 42 full international caps stand him in good stead ahead of a potential move to SE25.
Whether or not he’s worth more to us than the £11 million that has supposedly already been offered and rejected is a matter which requires a little more discussion but I dare say our decision-making will relate to who else is on the market for a similar fee in the build-up to what promises to be another hectic Deadline Day for all those of a red and blue persuasion.
Some West Ham supporters have been very vocal in their disdain for Kouyaté’s general level of in-game intelligence but with the squad so clearly lacking depth in the middle of the park, I’m simply happy at the prospect of getting a proven Premier League operator in to fill the sizeable gap left by Yohan Cabaye’s move to the desert.
Keep your eyes peeled.