Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has been speaking to the media ahead of his side’s trip to Old Trafford on Saturday to face Manchester United.
The 73-year-old was asked about Alexander Sorloth, Nathaniel Clyne and Saïd Benrahma amid what is turning out to be a busy transfer window for the Eagles.
On the topic of Benrahma – who the Evening Standard said Palace were in talks with Brentford over – Hodgson revealed what the deal is ‘totally dependent on’.
Football London quote the ex-England boss as saying: ‘At the moment that’s not something we’ve discussed at great length. The interest we would have would be totally dependent on the price because it’s not really the priority area.’
Judging by that, it seems as if Hodgson has his eyes on strengthening some other areas before potentially bringing the Algerian attacker to south London.
If Benrahma did not sign, it would be a real shame for those among the Selhurst Park faithful who love to watch exciting, brave dribblers of the ball.
According to WhoScored, the 25-year-old was the joint second-most prolific dribbler in the Championship last term with three dribbles per game; level with Palace new boy Ebere Eze.
Benrahma did, however, have the most shots per game out of anyone in the division, registering 3.8 attempts every 90 minutes. He scored 17 goals as a result.
If Hodgson could add the mercurial forward to his ranks, then Palace would be a massive threat with Eze, Wilfried Zaha and Michy Batshuayi also involved.