REPORT: Kouyaté Wants Palace Switch – West Ham Want Him To Join Porto

0 Posted by - July 31, 2018 - News

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.

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  • terence carter July 31, 2018 - 7:20 am Reply

    from what most fans have said about kouyate,have not been good,and i trust our fans don,t bother with this dud.their are so many stories about players arriving im getting dizzy.the fact remains nobody new in.the danny drinkwater story is interesting,for me would be a perfect fit,but can palace really afford him?

  • Mike Ward July 31, 2018 - 8:15 am Reply

    It’s really hard and not at all enjoyable to follow Palace through a transfer window.
    I entered this one with absolute determination not to get suckered in by the press and yet once again I am checking my social media far too frequently for any news.
    I don’t know why I can’t just wait.
    It won’t actually make any difference whether I find out right away or at the end of the day or even by the start of the season.
    I trust in Steve Parish and the board to do their best for the best interests of Palace.
    I am also trying to just leave the transfer updates to HLTCO – my favourite source of info and insight into all things Palace.
    Keep up the good work.
    Fingers crossed for an addition or two to our midfield…

  • A tarrant July 31, 2018 - 8:51 am Reply

    What is d freedman doing at palace he ran out on palace twice and still palace employ him the mind boggles

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh July 31, 2018 - 9:53 am Reply

    I don’t think the blame is with Freedman, the board before he joined wasted money on numerous players with little sell on value due to their age/quality.

    Freedman’s job is to find young players like Jach/Sorloth – cheap, good potential, high sell-on value – or more obscure but established players at the end of their contract like Guatia – cheap, first team ready, low wages in comparison to Benteke/Sakho. The final type of player he seems to be finding is the agree price then loan to buy, like Rakip. If it works then we have got a good player before market inflates value. If not then we just don’t make deal permanent.

    Sorloth the jury is still out on but will play this season. Jach was never given a chance but didn’t look better than Woods/Brown/O’Dwyer at U23 level so was presumably a dud, now on loan and will hopefully be sold for a modest profit or return ready for the first team. Rakip was a dud too and we avoided any financial outlay on him, no loss. If he had been a worldie then 10m (agreed price) would have been a bargain. Guatia could well solve our GK issues. If not he was a freebie on lowish wages so no huge loss.

    Given the resources, i think Freedman is working his best. My bigger concern is why did we go so long in the top flight with no real strategy/infrastructure and allowing an owner to negotiate some woeful deals. Most of our marquee players cost more than their value and the deals took forever to negotiate meaning the players got no time to settle in country/dressing room/tactical system/fitness.

    Drinkwater on loan could be a good solution to Cabeye if Chelsea pay his wages. Other than that i would rather rely on Freedman sieving for gold in obscure markets or signing promising players on loan with a view to buy. If Freedman had been behind RLC deal i imagine such a fee would be in place.

    De Souza and Gonalons do not fit that spec but look very good players, even if slightly old but Kouyate is not worth the money, would not really improve team and is fairly old. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

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