Report: Crystal Palace want to beef up midfield by signing 6ft2 French powerhouse Soualiho Meite

Roy Hodgson manager

Roy Hodgson has already warned Crystal Palace chiefs he is no mood to mess around in the transfer market this summer.

Roy Hodgson manager

Crystal Palace boss Hodgson has made it abundantly clear that he expects more success in the summer transfer window, as reported by Football London.

The Eagles boss was disappointed with the club's business - or lack of it - in January saying Crystal Palace "did not do particularly well" in terms of strengthening the squad with only three arrivals.

Hodgson has told his Crystal Palace bosses that he wants more this summer, saying: "I am hoping this summer we won't be able to use as an excuse that we didn't have the time, and I hope that we won't be able to use as an excuse that we didn't identify the players.

"Of course I don't write cheques and make those decisions, all I can do is recommend and hope that the club can help us to bring in the players that we think are the right ones to make us even stronger next year."

Bordeaux's Soualiho Meite (C) runs with the ball during the French Football League 1 match between Bordeaux and Angers at The Matmut Stadium in Bordeaux, southwestern France on March 10,...

And it appears one of those players is 6ft2 French powerhouse midfielder Soualiho Meite, according to reports from L’Équipe.

The French media outlet claims the Monaco defensive midfielder is attracting interest from a series of European clubs including Palace.

Aside from Bordeaux, who want to make his recent six-month loan spell permanent, Crystal Palace are said to be among the favourites for his signature.

Hodgson faces competition from German side Werder Bremen for a player who has represented France at youth level from Under 16s all the way up to Under 20s.

Bordeaux's French midfielder Souahilo Meite (L) fights for the ball with Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Adrien Rabiot during the French Ligue 1 football match between Bordeaux and...

The 24-year-old is under contract with Monaco until 2022 and is rated highly by managaer Leonardo Jardim who L’Équipe claim still hopes Meite can become a first team star.

A sizeable bid from Crystal Palace could sway Monaco's thinking, though, as they are historically a selling club at the right price.

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