Crystal Palace’s efforts to bring in West Ham central midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté have been well documented throughout the British sporting press over the last week or so but according to The Mirror, the Hammers are desperate for the Senegal international to snub the Eagles in favour of a move to Porto.
Whilst no club likes the idea of selling a first-team regular to a division rival, West Ham’s reasons for pushing Kouyaté in Porto’s direction are thought to stem from their interest in landing striker Moussa Marega, with the midfielder seen as a possible makeweight in a part-exchange deal between the two clubs.
Whether or not Pellegrini and co. are able to convince Kouyaté that the move is right for him remains to be seen but if The Mirror are to be believed (I know that’s a stretch) Cheikhou himself is far more likely to entertain the idea of a move to SE25 than the Primeira Liga.
However you approach this story, it’s clear to see that Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff are in desperate need of reinforcements in the centre of midfield, following the departures of Yohan Cabaye and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. With both men having flown the nest weeks ago and time beginning to run short before the deadline passes, I can imagine one or two inside the club are getting a tad jittery about our chances of sourcing suitable replacements.
Until now, it’s felt as though we’ve had initial links mentioned with a host of capable midfielders, only for hurdles to present themselves once negotiations get underway. As things stand, we are still being spoken about as a possible destination for Roma man Maxime Gonalons too but after talk of our initial offer being accepted, there’s been nothing more said in the press.
Could this Kouyaté saga be close to reaching its conclusion? Your guess is as good as mine.