Roy Hodgson sang praises of Crystal Palace 'keeper target in 2010

Diego Cavalieri of Liverpool in action during the Europa League, Third Qualifying Round, Second Leg match between Liverpool and FK Rabotnicki at Anfield on August 5, 2010 in Liverpool,...

Diego Cavalieri was sold by Liverpool whilst the Palace boss was in charge.

Diego Cavalieri #12 of Fluminense celebrates a scored goal against Cruzeiro during a match between Cruzeiro and Fluminense as part of Brasileirao Series A 2017 at Mineirao stadium on...Diego Cavalieri

It is looking increasingly likely that Crystal Palace are set to sing Brazilian free agent Diego Cavalieri until the end of the season, to help ease their goalkeeping crisis.

An injury to Julian Speroni has left Palace short in the goalkeeping position with only Wayne Hennessey and youngster Dion Henry in the mix.

It seems as though the deal is set go ahead, with ESPN saying he has impressed in training enough to earn a deal.

This is all a lot different to August 2010, when now Palace boss Roy Hodgson was selling the keeper.

Hodgson was Liverpool manager at the time and Cavalieri was back-up to Pepe Reina. However, Brad Jones arrived from Middlesbrough and the Brazilian was on his way.

Diego Cavalieri of Liverpool in action during the Europa League, Third Qualifying Round, Second Leg match between Liverpool and FK Rabotnicki at Anfield on August 5, 2010 in Liverpool,...Diego Cavalieri of Liverpool 

But speaking just before he rubber-stamped Cavalieri’s move to Italian side Cesena, it was clear that Hodgson did have a soft spot for the custodian:

"Diego has done a marvellous job for the last three years.

"He's a very good goalkeeper and a very good person, but he made it clear to me at the start of the season that after three years of watching Pepe play every week he might, if he's not careful, lose his goalkeeping ability or his status as a first-team goalkeeper.

"He made it clear he'd like to leave and find a club where he'll be able to play on a regular basis...”

It is clear from those words, recorded by Goal eight years ago, that Hodgson was a big fan of Cavalieri and that letting him go was not really his decision, but more that of the keeper himself.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2018 in London, England.Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson 

He went on to establish himself as a regular back in Brazil with Fluminense - even winning three caps for the Brazilian national team.

Now, eight years down the line, Hodgson is bringing him in rather than letting him go and will hope he can do the job at Selhurst Park.

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