Crystal Palace are leading the race to sign Lille captain Adama Soumaoro, according to La Voix du Nord, with the centre-half preferring a move to Selhurst Park over a switch to Monaco.
Roy Hodgson’s side comfortably avoided relegation from the Premier League last season, but if they want to push on and aim for a top half finish, a new addition is required in the centre of their defence.
Mamadou Sakho has struggled with injuries at times while long-serving Scott Dann, who started just seven league games in 2018/19, could be on his way out of Selhurst Park.
On the plus side, Soumaoro could be about to arrive on the back of a superb campaign in which he helped Lille finish second in Ligue 1 behind Paris Saint-Germain and qualify for the Champions League.
According to La Voix, Monaco want to bring Soumaoro to the Principality though Crystal Palace have a major advantage, given that the ball-playing 27-year-old dreams of playing in England. Last year, Sky Sports claimed that Soumaoro was valued at £18 million.
An excellent distributor of the ball who completed 94 per cent of his passes last season, Soumaoro could add some class and composure at the heart of Palace’s backline. His pass completion rate is far higher than the likes of James Tomkins and Sakho after all.
Could Hodgson be looking to introduce a more possession-based style at Crystal Palace? If he is, Soumaoro would certainly help.
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