Palace Facing Competition In Battle To Sign Chelsea Wide-Man

0 Posted by - January 7, 2019 - News

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.

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  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh January 7, 2019 - 3:15 pm Reply

    A striker is a priority but after that, we don’t have much wide cover. With Lokilo loaned out and Lumeka being unable to force his way in at Orient, it seems we only have Townsend and Wilf as natural wingers with Myer and Jimmy Mac filling in. Cover will be needed but i don;t think Moses would be content with that role.

    The FFP doesn;t stick with me. Our net spend in last 3 windows is something like 40-45m which is about the cost of one marque player these days. I appreciate a lot of our income goes on wages but there must be some money in the budget to get players in. Especially with Punch, Jonniesta and Mutch leaving which i would guess is approximately 50-60k a week off the wage bill.

    • admin January 7, 2019 - 3:34 pm Reply

      As far as I’m aware, Wilf’s new deal involved a significant extra outlay over the summer, I make you right over the lower spend in the last 18 months. I would imagine we have about £10-15 million to spend this January if need be and as you quite rightly say, below Andros and Wilf, there’s next to no wide cover.

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