Five Crystal Palace transfers for new boss De Boer
FootyOn look at five Crystal Palace transfers the club could make following the appointment of Ronald de Boer as manager.
The Eagles have appointed former Ajax and Inter Milan boss De Boer on a three-year deal as Sam Allardyce’s successor at Selhurst Park.
At his unveiling, De Boer told journalists he was excited to join a Premier League that has spent a lot of money.
“This club can grow further and further,” he said. “They spend a lot of money and there is the possibility to do something well with that money.
“We will look at one or two signings, but I think it is necessary to see all the players here first.”
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is also prepared to back De Boer in this transfer window too.
“We need to spend money where money needs to be spent and then be astute when there’s no need to spend,” the Eagles chief said.
“We always look to the market to improve the squad, but Frank first of all needs to understand what he can achieve, his best formation, and the pegs he needs to put in the holes to improve.”
In light of this, we look at five Crystal Palace transfers the club and De Boer could explore…
Re-sign star defender Sakho?
Liverpool’s France international centre back Mamadou Sakho spent the second-half of last season on loan with the Eagles.
Although injuries restricted him to eight appearances, he impressed as Crystal Palace won five of those games and kept four clean sheets.
Whether Sakho would return to Selhurst Park remains to be seen, but the prospect of playing for a big name like De Boer may be a draw.
Defensive recruits are expected at Anfield and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was willing to let Sakho leave in January, albeit temporarily.
Iheanacho an interesting attacking option
Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho looks set to leave Manchester City in this transfer window.
The arrival of Gabriel Jesus in January and Bernardo Silva joining up with the Etihad outfit after the Confederations Cup has increased competition for places in attack.
If, as expected, Man City are prepared to part with him, then Pep Guardiola could sell Iheanacho to former Barcelona teammate De Boer.
Crystal Palace has been home to plenty of Nigerian footballers, including Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi in recent years.
Kara capture could be a goer
Anderlecht and Senegal defender Kara Mbodji has also been linked with Crystal Palace.
Centre half is a position were extra strength is needed, especially with Damien Delaney ageing.
The Eagles also have English talents Scott Dann, Martin Kelly and James Tomkins who can play in the heart of defence.
At over 6ft 3in tall, Kara has the imposing size and stature to be Premier League hit.
Hart looking for new club
England goalkeeper Joe Hart has no future at Man City with Guardiola signing Ederson Moraes from Benfica.
The former Etihad number one was farmed out on loan to Torino in Serie A last term.
Hart is thus seeking a new side and hopeful that City will compromise on the fee they expect.
Again, the relationship between Eagles boss De Boer and Guardiola could prove key.
It is an outside shout at 25/1 with BetVictor that Hart signs for Crystal Palace, but stranger things have happened.
De Jong has history with De Boer
And finally, Newcastle United outcast Siem de Jong was made captain at Ajax by De Boer.
When he played under him in Amsterdam, De Jong won four consecutive Eredivisie titles.
As a versatile central attacking option, who can play off the front, lead the line or even drop deeper into midfield, he could be an asset to Palace.
The Magpies were willing to do business with the Eagles last summer, when buying Dwight Gayle and selling Andros Townsend, so are on good terms.
De Jong could yet come good by reuniting with De Boer, who has arguably got the best out of him.
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