Crystal Palace were said to be interested in securing a deal for Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki back in January and now it seems as though they may be given a second bite of the cherry over the summer.
The 32-year-old has been on the books at The King Power Stadium since joining from German outfit Mainz in 2015, winning a Premier League title with the Foxes in May of 2016 but with new boss Brendan Rogers keen to shake things up at the club and the Japan international having fallen down the pecking order, it looks as though he’ll be given the green light to move on when his current deal comes to an end at the climax of the 2018/19 season.
A veteran of the Japanese national team, Okazaki is apparently desperate to take part in the 2022 World Cup as a farewell to his nation; a motivation which will likely see him move on from the Midlands in search of regular football at the highest possible level as soon as he can. If, as previously reported, Palace’s interest in January was genuine, we could well find them putting an offer in front of the frontman’s representatives in the hope of utilising his last few years as a competent Premier League squad member.
It flies in the face of our apparent brief to bring both the average age of the squad and wage bill lower but knowing Palace, it’s exactly the sort of deal we’ll see announced over the next few months.
Watch this space.