On Friday morning, French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Crystal Palace have made an offer of €4.6 million to French club Lille for left-back Pape Souaré.
Earlier in the transfer window, the Premier League side, with Neil Warnock in charge, had been linked with a move for Lille left-back Pape Souaré and now it seems Alan Pardew wants to renew that interest to bring the Senegalese international to Selhurst Park.
According to France Football, there are two interesting developments that the sale of Souaré could lead to. First of all, it would give Lille the money to buy Brazilian centre-forward Derley from Portuguese side Benfica, which could then mean that Divock Origi’s winter transfer to Liverpool could be back on the table.
Souaré is currently with Senegal at the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, and he started in his country’s 2-1 opening game win over Ghana. On Friday he should continue his role for the Lions of Teranga as they take on South Africa in Group C.
Souaré hasn’t played since Week 19's 2-1 loss away at Marseille. However, over the last two seasons, he has established himself as Lille’s starting left-back, scoring three goals and making 33 appearances as Les Dogues kept 21 clean sheets in the league last campaign.
This season, Souare has started in nine of his 12 appearances, he hasn’t managed to continue his goal-scoring form and some of his defensive displays have been less than impressive.
He is definitely more accustomed to the attacking side of the game, rather than concentrating on his defensive duties, and his crossing ability can leave a lot to be desired.
You will also get 100% effort from Souaré, no one can question his determination or desire when he pulls on the Lille shirt. Any offer of the reported amount may be too good for Lille to reject.
With the injury to Swiss striker Michael Frey, Coach René Girard is lacking options in attack. The sale of Souaré would give the club necessary funds to buy Benfica’s want away forward Derley.
Brendan Rodgers on TalkSport: "There were a few discussions between the clubs, but the likelihood is that Origi will stay at Lille." #lfc— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) January 19, 2015
Initially Lille had wanted Derley to be the replacement for Origi this month, according to L'Equipe, now it remains to be seen if signing the Brazilian would resurrect the Belgian striker’s early move to Anfield.
The quote from Rodgers earlier in the month suggested that the deal was off, but didn't firmly close the door shut. This could wedge it back open.