Crystal Palace are expected to be busy in the summer transfer market and according to a report in The Telegraph, the Eagles are one of three Premier League clubs lining up bids for Birmingham City star Che Adams.
The 22-year-old who began his professional career at Sheffield United has been on fire for the blue side of Birmingham all season and is being widely tipped to make the jump to the Premier League without them this summer but who will Palace face competition from in their attempts to land him?
It seems Southampton and Burnley are two potential suitors for the attacker, with his age, hunger and goal return having forced clubs all over the country to sit up and take notice but should he continue to pull up trees in the second tier, we may find that a few of the Premier League’s big hitters throw their hats into the ring.
For Palace, the loss of form Christian Benteke has endured gives us little choice but to begin searching the market for a potentially potent goalscorer to take his place in the side from August onwards. With Alexander Sørloth still out on loan in Belgium and Michy Batshuayi highly unlikely to leave Chelsea permanently given the price the Blues have placed on his head, Dougie Freedman and the rest of Palace’s scouting team will undoubtedly be intrigued by the potential Adams possesses.
The report itself claims that Birmingham would be looking for £15 million to let Che go; in my view that estimation feels a little light but either way, we can be sure that the 22-goal striker wouldn’t make anywhere near as much of a dent in the wage bill as Benteke or Batshuayi if he were to swap Birmingham for Beckenham.
I’ll lay my cards on the table from the start, a move for Adams is one I would be extremely excited by. Can we pull it off? Only time will tell but I’d certainly like to think that this link is far more than simple paper talk designed to fill a few column inches.