It’s always worth taking anything that appears in The Sun with a pinch of salt but the paper yesterday reported that Palace are eyeing up a January move for ADO Den Haag and Ivory Coast defender Serge Wilfried Kanon.
The 6’2 25-year-old has been on the Dutch club’s books for five years now and has been performing superbly in the early stages of the current campaign, generating interest from across the continent. Young, powerful and with room to continue progressing technically, it would come as no surprise if Palace were interested but with no whisper of it prior to yesterday, it’s probably worth treating the story with a degree of caution.
There is a chance of some groundwork being laid as we speak, given the fact that Wilfried Zaha is currently away on international duty with the Ivory Coast, but without knowing any details, that’s nothing more than speculation on my part. It would make sense for the winger to talk the club up to his international teammate if our interest is genuine but with only one source to go on, it’s difficult to know if we’re even interested in him.
Whilst I and many other Palace fans are primarily interested in securing a striker during the January transfer window, there is an argument to be made for sourcing another defensive option too. Although his recovery is still ongoing, there is no guarantee over Scott Dann’s return to fitness after ligament damage, leaving the likes of Martin Kelly and Jairo Riedewald to act as back-up to James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho. Could we do with a little extra insurance in that area? Undoubtedly. Will the budgets allow it? We’ll have to wait and see.
The report itself states that Den Haag are resigned to losing Kanon if their valuation is matched but fails to give any sort of indication as to what sort of sum they’d be looking for. There is mention made of Everton expressing an interest in him back in the summer window before turning their attentions elsewhere but without a concrete offer ever being formally lodged, there isn’t even a starting point to base guesswork off.
The story is, as we’ve all come to expect from The Sun, infuriatingly vague. The cynic inside me would suggest that stems from a lack of information at their end rather than admirable journalistic practices but in the midst of an international break, it does at least give us something to ponder over.
Should any further news appear, I’ll do my best to let you know as soon as possible.