Palace have been fairly quiet in the transfer market this summer, with Spanish goalkeeper Vicente Guaita their only signing so far, with manager Roy Hodgson somewhat restricted financially.
The Eagles are still looking for additions though, and it seems that they are now hoping to raid a London rival ahead of the start of the new Premier League season – and the subsequent closure of the summer transfer window.
Sky Sports report that Palace have now opened talks with West Ham United about midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, with a £10million deal being discussed between the two clubs.
West Ham swooped to land Kouyate from Anderlecht back in the summer of 2014, and he has gone on to score 15 goals in 147 games for the Hammers, featuring prominently under Sam Allardyce, Slaven Bilic and David Moyes.
Yet under Manuel Pellegrini, Kouyate appears to be available for transfer, despite the fact that West Ham have a clear lack of cover in the middle of the park, with the 28-year-old almost certainly set to leave.
Kouyate represented Senegal at this summer's World Cup in Russia, and Palace may well be looking for him to partner Luka Milivojevic in the heart of midfield next season.
A short move across London may be appealing for Kouyate, and the Hammers may look to reinvest that £10million fee in signing a younger, cheaper midfielder before the start of the season.
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