It wasn’t long ago that Crystal Palace were first mentioned in connection with a move for 28-year-old Nantes striker Emiliano Sala and now it seems Roy Hodgson may be facing serious competition for his signature from Premier League rivals Southampton and Cardiff City.
The Argentinian-born frontman has never struggled to find the back of the net, scoring regularly for the likes of Orléans, Niort and Caen before making the permanent switch to Nantes in the summer of 2015. With 15 goals and two assists to his name in 18 matches this term, it’s fair to say that Sala is in the form of his life, all of which has led to the growing interest in him from a selection of English clubs.
Palace’s need for added firepower is well documented but with Cardiff now looking upwardly mobile under Neil Warnock’s steely guidance and Southampton hoping for a ‘new manager bounce” following the appointment of Austrian Ralph Hasenhüttl, Sala will be spoilt for choice by the time the January window opens for business. That of course works on the assumption that he’s keen to leave Nantes in the first place, which given their comfortable league position is far from a sure thing.
Emiliano has spent his entire professional career in the French game and whilst he’s no doubt intrigued about the riches on offer in the English top flight, he may be a tad reluctant to halt the best campaign of his year to date for a move to an altogether new environment.
Watch this space.