Scouts from Crystal Palace and Burnley were spotted at the Ligue 1 game between Bordeaux and Dijon last weekend, with reports suggesting that both clubs were casting an eye over 22-year-old winger François Kamano.
The Guinea International has been in red-hot form for Bordeaux this season, scoring 10 goals in 22 games across all competitions, prompting many clubs from across Europe to hone in on his talents ahead of the January transfer window opening for business.
It’s difficult not to draw comparisons between the youngster and a certain Wilfried Zaha but for now, any move for him would be seen as added depth in Roy Hodgson’s squad, rather than a direct replacement for the Ivorian. Already playing in a Europa League side, Kamano may not be overly sold on the idea of swapping the upper echelons of the French top tier for relegation battles but the extra money and exposure offered by the Premier League could still prove too hard to turn down.
Whilst Bordeaux are adamant that a January move is out of the question, we could well see Palace and Burnley testing the waters over the summer, with the precocious young talent’s current contract set to expire in 2020. Whether or not both clubs will still be a part of the Premier League from May onwards remains to be seen but it is good to know that they’re getting their ducks in a row well ahead of time.
The game our scout took in wasn’t exactly a classic, finishing 0-0 but François did at least provide one moment or real interest, putting the ball into the back of the net, only to see it ruled out moments later following a VAR challenge. He’s clearly an exciting talent; capable of operating in any position across the front three and despite a deal likely to be some six months off, it does at least give us as supporters another name to look out for each weekend.
As summer signings go, Kamano would certainly be an exciting one for Palace, let’s hope our interest holds firm until the summer of 2019.