Would Crystal Palace's Ali Maaloul deal let Newcastle United sign Pape Souare?

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United at Bet365 Stadium on January 1, 2018 in...

Pape Souare looks set to leave Crystal Palace for Premier League rivals Newcastle United and Roy Hodgson's Eagles have a replacement lined up.

Pape Souare of Crystal Palace in action during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace at Amex Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Brighton,...

Crystal Palace looked to be taking a bit of a risk allowing Pape Souare to go to Newcastle United this month.

And not just because Rafa Benitez’s Magpies could end up fighting Palace for Premier League survival come the end of the season.

According to The Sun (15th January, page 52), Newcastle were closing in on a deal to sign Souare on loan for the rest of the campaign. And while the former Lille defender has only played three times in all competitions this season, it seemed odd that Palace would be willing to let him leave Selhurst Park.

Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth (L) battles with Pape Souare of Crystal Palace (R) during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth at Selhurst Park on August 27,...

Because with Jeffrey Schlupp undergoing surgery and set for an extended period on the sidelines, Souare’s importance in Roy Hodgson’s side looked to have increased with Patrick Van Aanholt the only other fit and natural left-back on the club’s books.

So Newcastle may have been concerned that Palace would suddenly got cold feet and think better of a deal that could so heavily end up biting them on the backside.

But now it appears that Palace are putting plans in place to prepare for Souare’s exit. Because the Sun (19th January, page 59) states that they are keen to raid Egyptian club Al Ahly for Tunisian international Ali Maaloul.

Tunisia's Ali Maaloul kicks the ball during the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier football match between Libya and Tunisia at the Stade Omar Hamadi in Algiers on November 11, 2016.

The attack-minded 28-year-old, famous for his swashbuckling style and eye for goal, is available for £3 million this month and could be set for a move to the Premier League with Palace and Swansea City keen.

But if Palace win the race, that should free up Souare to make the short-term move up to Tyneside.

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