Crystal Palace have been seen as favourites to land Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses since long before the January transfer window opened for business but according to a report in today’s Evening Standard, the Eagles are now facing competition for his signature from Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.
Since his arrival last summer, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has made it clear that Moses doesn’t feature in his long-term plans at Stamford Bridge, alerting Palace to the possibility of bringing him back to Selhurst Park, some eight years on from the deal which saw him sold to Wigan Athletic. At that point, the club were given little choice but to part with the academy graduate, given the pressing need to raise funds in a bid to stave off the threat of liquidation. Now, Palace find themselves on far more stable footing but won’t be allowed a free run at the former Nigeria captain.
After missing out on a deal for another former Palace star in Nathaniel Clyne, Neil Warnock (who managed both men during his first stint in SE25) is seemingly keen to land Victor on loan until the end of the season, hoping that Palace will take their eye off the ball whilst they work to secure the striker that Roy Hodgson has so openly coveted from the moment January began.
A week or so ago, a reported fee of £12 million was being mentioned across the press but with Financial Fair Play a constant worry in Steve Parish’s mind, it’s difficult to know whether or not we have the sort of wriggle-room necessary to tie everything up and remain within our budget. Of course, with the likes of Zaha and Townsend already on our books, Moses’ potential arrival doesn’t feel as important as a move for a proven goalscorer but with time getting tight, it’ll interesting to see which path the club choose to follow.