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Crystal Palace could make a club record £30 million bid for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr before Friday’s transfer deadline, according to the Sun (12 October, page 61).

A few months ago, when the speedy Senegal international was first linked with a move to Selhurst Park, the assumption was that Sarr would be stepping into a Wilf Zaha-shaped void on the left-hand side of Roy Hodgson’s forward line.

His arrival, then, would have left a rather bittersweet feeling in the mouths of the South London fan base.

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With the Palace academy graduate now guaranteed to spend at least another three months in red and blue, there is a tantalising prospect of Sarr and Zaha forming a fearsome partnership at a club not exactly renowned for their thrilling attacking football.

The Sun reports that Crystal Palace, after seemingly cooling their interest in Brentford’s Said Benrahma, could make a club-record offer in the region of £30 million for Sarr before the window slams shut on Friday.

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Manchester United had shown an interest in a man who famously dismantled Liverpool’s usually impenetrable back line during last season’s stunning 3-0 win at Vicarage Road. But now appear destined to play the long game with Jadon Sancho instead.

Liverpool themselves, meanwhile, brought in Diogo Jota from Wolves.

Even £30 million might not be enough to tempt Watford into a sale, however. The Hornets want a big profit on a player they brought in from Rennes last year and want closer to £40 million (Liverpool Echo).

Steve Parish’s pockets might be deeper than yours or mine, but there is hardly an endless supply of cash at Selhurst Park.

If £30 million is just about affordable, £40 million is certainly a stretch.

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Crystal Palace’s record signings

  1. Christian Benteke – £27 million


  2. Mamadou Sakho – £22 million


  3. Eberechi Eze – £19.5 million


  4. Patrick van Aanholt – £14 million


  5. Andros Townsend – £13 million


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