With just weeks remaining until the new Premier League campaign gets underway, free agent goalkeeper Stephen Henderson is still the only new arrival at Selhurst Park. Yet this is not for a lack of trying.
Roy Hodgson’s side have been scouring the market for a centre-forward, an Aaron Wan-Bissaka replacement at right-back and a commanding centre-half too.
They have been linked with Lille captain Soumaoro for the last few weeks but it seems that they are no closer to getting their man despite making a £12.5 million bid, according to La Voix du Nord.
It has been a strange summer for the 27-year-old. According to RMC Sport, he was all set to leave the Ligue 1 runners-up for Monaco, only for a move to the Principality to collapse at the very last moment due to financial reasons.
This opens the door for Crystal Palace though doing a deal with Lille could be easier said than done. In an ideal world, Les Dogues would rather keep their influential captain but it’s common knowledge that Soumaoro dreams of proving himself in the Premier League.
And, in an intriguing twist, Celtic could be central to Palace’s hopes of securing an agreement. Lille have identified Scottish Premiership champion Jozo Simunovic as Soumoaro’s replacement after all.
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