Roy Hodgson has warned Crystal Palace chiefs not to mess around in the transfer market this summer but already faces the prospect of losing a star player.
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.”
Palace have been linked with moves for the likes of Soualiho Meite but have also seen star man Wilfried Zaha mentioned as a target for Champions League clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and even champions Manchester City.
And it appears Hodgson is facing another fight to keep another first team star with reports in France linking Mamadou Sakho with return to his homeland with Lyon.
Sakho suffered with injury last season and only played 19 times for Crystal Palace but he is a firm fans’ favourite and Hodgson would be loathe to lose the powerful centre back.
According to French media outlet Le Progres, Lyon want Sakho as they bid to invest in their squad after qualifying for the Champions League next term.
They have big money to spend with the impending sale Nabil Fekir to Liverpool for a reported £50million.
And Le Progres claim that ‘the Ligue 1 side have provisionally aligned themselves to sign the French central defender from Crystal Palace’.
The report states: “The former PSG captain is currently contracted to the Premier League side until 2021, but it remains to be seen whether the lure of Champions’ League football is enough to convince Sakho to leave England.”
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