The dust is only just beginning to settle on the 2018/19 season but according to reports in Turkey, Crystal Palace are already making moves, with a contract having been offered to Newcastle midfielder Mohamed Diamé.
The 31-year-old is set to see his contract with the Magpies expire at the end of June and despite his advancing years, I can certainly understand why Roy Hodgson would be open to adding him to the fold. With more than 200 appearances for Wigan, West Ham, Hull and Newcastle since 2009, he’s proven himself to be a dependable body in the middle of the park; a role which often proves key in the boss’ game-plan both at home and away.
The reason for the story surfacing in the Turkish press seems to be a direct consequence of Fenerbache’s interest in landing him but after a decade on these shores, you’d imagine he’d be open to the idea of staying put, if a satisfactory offer presents itself. Alongside the Turkish giants, Palace are believed to be facing competition from his former club West Ham (aren’t we always?) leaving Mo with plenty to weigh up over the next few weeks.
Whether or not Hodgson would look upon Diamé as a starter given our current depth in that position is a topic of debate. Indeed, the likes of Milivojevic and McArthur look to have their places in the centre of the field nailed down at the time of writing but you can never really be sure what will unfold over the course of a summer window.
In Milivojevic’s case specifically, contract negotiations would have to take place pretty soon for Palace to avoid getting the jitters over losing him for nothing when his current deal expires in the summer of 2020. If we do fail to make headway, there may be one or two discussions over whether or not to sell whilst we can still demand a solid fee; all of which adds another dimension to this talk of Diamé’s potential arrival.
Keep your eyes peeled.