Transfer Deadline Day for some clubs is a time when very little happens, at Crystal Palace the opposite is almost always true. Having written about the club daily for well over 8 years now, I’ve seen my fair share of them and today’s promises to be up there with the most stressful we’ve ever had.
If you have taken the plunge into social media and have a Twitter account, following @HLTCO throughout the day will give you access to my hourly updates, involving transfer news, fry-ups, questionable drink choices and a general window towards my gradually losing my mind but if not, I’m going to do my best to give you all a summary of what’s going on as of 6:42am this morning:
Wilfried Zaha has handed in an official transfer request and is now it seems desperate to leave the football club at the earliest possible opportunity. A gigantic kick in the balls? Yes. A decision made with woeful timing? Hell yes. Something we’re unlikely to allow unless appropriate replacements are found in time? You better believe it.
Ismaila Sarr is tentatively being talked about as a part-replacement for Zaha, should he be open to joining us instead of Watford. We’ve got the money, we can offer him fantastic wages, it’s all just a case of beating the clock. I know it’s stupid, the very concept of the transfer window is ridiculous by its very nature but here we are.
Talks with CSKA Moscow over the possible signing of striker Fedor Chalov are seemingly “paused”, probably because the 21-year-old is in Moscow and the deadline is now just 10 hours away. Time travel sadly hasn’t been invented, we’ve left it late, they aren’t that bothered about selling him. It’s the way of the world.
Freedman is actively in the market for one of two French full-backs, namely Youssouf Sabaly of Bordeaux and Kenny Lala of Strasbourg. They’re both very good, we’ve needed right and left back cover for weeks, if I had a personal preference it would be for Lala but with time dragging on, I highly doubt he’ll be allowed to join. Where’s the sense in it? No one knows, it’s just Palace being Palace.
James McCarthy and Victor Camarasa signed for the club last night, taking the running total of central midfielders on our books to 5,663. Apparently, Hodgson is keen to explore the possibility of playing Camarasa wide, I don’t know why but I’m not a man with close to 50 years of experience in management, just a tit with a blog on the verge of a mental breakdown.
I think that’s everything, if not, it will all be covered in far too much detail over on Twitter by yours truly. Bacon? Give it to me now.