Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew spoke to the media today ahead of his side's clash with Everton at Selhurst Park this weekend, and tackled the subject of Pape Souare's reported move to the club.
The Lille left back has been linked with a move to Palace throughout the January transfer window, and after Palace failed in a bid to sign Swansea City left back Neil Taylor, reports this week have suggested that Souare is back at the top of Palace's transfer wish list.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that a £3.4m deal was close, and that Palace were flying officials out to Equatorial Guinea to wrap up the transfer.
Souare has been on international duty with Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations, but after their exit on Tuesday, Souare is free to complete his move to Palace - and manager Pardew confirmed today that Souare is close to a move, as reported by the Croydon Advertiser.
"The process is pretty way down the line, the player isn’t in the country as Senegal’s game only finished 24 hours ago or so," said Pardew.
"He’s travelling back and will come straight for a medical. If he passes it, he looks to be signing as well. I think it could be done today if we can get the hospital to scan him in time," he added.
Souare, 25, is an athletic, attack-minded left back who has been with Lille since his 2008 move from Senegalese side Diambars, and will add a natural left back to the squad at Selhurst Park.
Right-footed Joel Ward often plays at left back for Palace, and it's clear that Pardew wanted to add a left footed player there - and now he appears to have one in Souare, who should be a Palace player within the next 24 hours.