Report: Crystal Palace bid in excess of £16m for Lille's Ibrahim Amadou

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Crystal Palace could have signed Ibrahim Amadou for cheaper a year ago but will now have to pay big after Ligue 1 strugglers Lille reject another bid.

Toulouse's Ivorian forward Max Gradel (L)  vies for the ball with Lille's Cameroonian midfielder Ibrahim Amadou during the French L1 football match between Lille (LOSC) and Toulouse (TFC)...

Crystal Palace completed the signing of Polish international Jaroslav Jach from Zaglebie Lubin this week to reinforce a defence rocked by injuries to both Scott Dann and Mamadou Sakho.

But it seems that manager Roy Hodgson is keen to spend again after paying £2 million for Jach, as reported by the Sun.

Sky Sports state that Palace have had a second bid for Lille’s Ibrahim Amadou turned down as the London club continue their attempts to lure the Cameroonian to the Premier League

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Crystal Palace have admired Amadou for some time now and even held talks with the centre-back over a potential move to Selhurst Park a year ago.

The Mail reported in January 2017 that former Eagles manager Sam Allardyce was hoping to sign the 24-year-old for about £10 million, but Palace will have to pay far more 12 months on.

Sky Sports claim that Hodgson’s side have now had a bid of £16 million rejected by Ligue 1 strugglers Lille, despite the fact they need to sell in order to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.

Lille's Ibrahim Amadou (R) fights for the ball with Reims's Axel Disasi during a friendly football match between Lille and Reims at The Gerard Houllier Stadium in Le Touquet, northern...

With the powerful Amadou set to take a considerable chunk out of Palace’s transfer budget, owner Steve Parish might be wishing now that they had managed to seal a deal one year ago.

You cannot put a price on Premier League survival, however.

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