According to The Guardian’s live transfer blog, (Tuesday 1:16pm) Newcastle United may well be lining up a move for Crystal Palace left-back Pape Souare ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.
The 28-year-old was once the Eagles’ go-to man on the left-hand side of defence but following the signings of Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp he has fallen down the pecking order, fuelling speculation that Rafa Benitez may try to take him off our hands whilst there’s still time.
Palace fans won’t need reminding that Pape sustained dreadful injuries to both his thigh and his jawbone when crashing his car at high speed on the M4 motorway back in September of 2016. It was an incident which left many doubting whether or not the Senegal international would ever play professionally again only for him to fight his way back to fitness a year or so later.
Whilst Pape has never set the world alight in red and blue, he is looked upon by many as a solid back-up option with the ability to put in a decent cross when the mood takes him but in recent months, it’s become clear that Dutchman Patrick van Aanholt holds down the spot of first-choice left-back in Roy Hodgson’s mind.
When you factor Jeffrey Schlupp, who has had a rather impressive pre-season himself, it’s difficult to see how Souare is going to get much game-time at Selhurst Park in the upcoming campaign, making a switch to Tyneside a possibility in the final few hours of the transfer window.
Newcastle were known to be keen on Pape back in January and are still said to be after reinforcements on the left-hand side of defence, prompting discussions with PSG over a potential move for Stanley N’Soko too. Whilst I would be sad to see him leave, it’s a move I could understand from all parties; now there’s nothing left to do but wait and see what unfolds.