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Crystal Palace busy in the transfer market

Crystal Palace busy in the transfer market
Crystal Palace busy in the transfer market August 2, 2018 August 2, 2018 David Nugent
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Earlier in the summer Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson suggested that the Eagles have a very small transfer budget to strengthen their squad this summer. Unsurprisingly then there have not been many incomings to the London club this summer.

Finally making moves in the market

The Eagles had only brought in Spanish goalkeeper Vicente Guaita on a free transfer until yesterday that is. Suddenly yesterday, the Eagles made some moves in the transfer market signing Senegalese midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham for an undisclosed fee.

The London club are also just awaiting clearance to sign highly-rated young German midfielder Max Meyer on a free transfer. The 22-year-old allowed his contract to expire at Schalke to secure a big move this summer.

It now looks as if he will be playing Premier League football next season at Selhurst Park. Palace were not done yet, though, as Swansea striker Jordan Ayew looks set for a move to Selhurst Park, with Dutch defender Jairo Riedewald moving to the Welsh club as part of the deal. The moves will definitely make the Eagles stronger and there is a feeling that the Eagles business is not yet finished.

Wilfried Zaha future in doubt

One of the main concerns for Palace at this present time is the speculation over talisman Wilfried Zaha. The Ivory Coast international has turned a new deal with the Eagles, which has led to speculation that he could be on the move this summer.

Everybody connected with the club will be hoping that Zaha stays. However, the forward is in demand, as Dortmund, Everton, Tottenham and Chelsea are all reportedly interested in signing Zaha this summer.

Chelsea have reportedly seen a bid of around £30million plus midfielder Danny Drinkwater rejected, while other reports suggest that Tottenham are set to make a late £45million plus bid for the forward before the transfer window shuts.

Zaha would be a major loss to the Eagles, as he is no doubt their star player and biggest attacking threat. However, at least whatever funds that came in from the sale of the forward could be used to strengthen elsewhere. That would be scant consolation to Palace fans, though.

Losing Wilfried Zaha could be a disaster

Palace may be strengthening their squad slowly but surely, but losing Zaha this summer would be an absolute disaster for the Eagles chances of avoiding a relegation battle in the new campaign.

Zaha does not play on his own, as football is a team game, but the forward is a matchwinner and the Eagles are short of those in their current squad. If the 25-year-old leaving would make Roy Hodgson’s job far more difficult in the new campaign.

There is just a week left of the summer transfer window. However, seven days is a long time in football, anything can happen. Zaha seems to want to leave Selhurst Park, so it would not be a major surprise if he does exit the club, and in turn, Palace struggles in the top-flight.

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David Nugent

David Nugent


David is a soccer fan and writer who has spent the last decade sharing his opinion and spreading news about the beautiful game across the internet. The lifelong Everton fan has written for numerous sports websites, plus an international soccer magazine where he covered the Premier League, the Bundesliga and various youth international tournaments.