Report: Crystal Palace make £12.5m bid for Lille's Adama Soumaoro

Roy Hodgson, the Manager of Crystal Palace during a lap of appreciation after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth at Selhurst Park on May 12, 2019 in London,...

Celtic reportedly hold the key to Crystal Palace's hopes of luring Ligue 1 defender Adama Soumaoro to the Premier League this summer.

Lille's Adama Soumaoro during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain and Lille OSC at Stade Pierre Mauroy on April 14, 2019 in Lille, France.

Crystal Palace have made a £12.5 million bid for Lille defender Adama Soumaoro, according to La Voix du Nord.

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.

Adama Soumaoro of Lille during the Ligue 1 match between Stade Rennais football club and LOSC Lille Association on May 24, 2019 in Rennes, France.

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.

Jozo Simunovic of Celtic is red carded during the Rangers v Celtic Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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