New Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer was, well, frank when he confirmed that a new goalkeeper was top of his club’s priorities in the final few weeks of the transfer window.
"We need another (keeper), that's for sure," the Dutchman told Sky Sports. "It depends what's in the market; whether it's a promising keeper or a player who will fight for the number one spot.”
After just one season at Selhurst Park, Steve Mandanda returned to Marseille to leave the perpetually unconvincing Wayne Hennessey and seldom-seen veteran Julian Speroni as Palace’s only senior options between the sticks.
The Sun reports that Palace are keen on West Ham shot-stopper Adrian, who appears destined to play a supporting role for new signing Joe Hart this season. However, manager Slaven Bilic insists that the club want the Spaniard to stay and remain hopeful that he will sign a new contract.
As such, Portuguese publication O Jogo (11th August, page 15) reports that PSV Eindhoven’s Dutch international Jeroen Zoet is now Palace’s top target. They report that Palace have made a £5.5 million bid for the two-time Eredivisie champion, who appears likely to leave PSV after they were humiliated in the Europa League qualifiers by Croatian minnows Osijek.
Because O Jogo claims that Benfica are on the lookout for a goalkeeper to replace Ederson Moraes following his big-money move to Manchester City this summer and Newcastle’s Tim Krul is on their radar.
Krul will be allowed to leave Newcastle this summer after losing his place thanks to injury and, if he rocks up at Benfica, this may leave Palace open to land Zoet.