As Bacary Sagna reveals Crystal Palace talks, should Eagles have signed him?

Monaco's French forward Kylian Mbappe Lottin (L) challenges Manchester City's French defender Bacary Sagna during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Monaco and...

The former Premier League star ended up joining Benevento in Italy.

Bacary Sagna  of Benevento Calcio in action during the serie A match between Benevento Calcio and FC Crotone at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on February 18, 2018 in Benevento, Italy.

Former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has today been discussing how moves to both Crystal Palace and West Ham fell through during his time out of work.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Sagna states that he did have contact with both West Ham United and Crystal Palace, but no deal came to fruition.

“I had been in contact with West Ham and Crystal Palace since March 2017. In my mind, I wanted to go home, back to London.

“Overnight they cut off contact without explanation.”

Monaco's French forward Kylian Mbappe Lottin (L) challenges Manchester City's French defender Bacary Sagna during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Monaco and...

Since then Sagna has joined struggling Italian side Benevento as they look to survive the drop in Serie A.

But surely Palace will wish they had made a move for the player?

Undoubtedly the Frenchman’s best days are past him at 35-years-old but just look at his credentials. 65 caps for France and many years at the top of his game in the highest echelons of the Premier League, Sagna has all the attributes to be a calming influence in any back-line.

Martin Kelly of Crystal Palace goes down injured during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2018 in London, England.

Palace have also been decimated by injuries in recent weeks including at the back, with Mamadou Sakho, Scott Dann and Martin Kelly all battling injury trouble.

Having the versatile and experienced Sagna at their disposal would have surely been a godsend in these tough times.

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