Amadou Set for Palace Guard Duty


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Crystal Palace want to strengthen their defence by signing Ibrahim Amadou from Lille, reports the Daily Mail.

The Eagles are desperate for additions to their squad after Scott Dann suffered knee ligament damage and will miss the remainder of the season. With £26m man Mamadou Sakho sidelined with a calf strain, Hodgson needs to act quickly to ensure the wheels don’t come off Palace’s recent revival.

The Ligue Un side values the player at £16m although reports suggest the Premier League club may prefer a six-month loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer next summer. However, with the club’s new owners promising to back Hodgson in the transfer window, it will be a surprise if the Eagles don’t agree with that valuation.

Palace have been tracking the Cameroon-born defender for a year, after first asking about Amadou last January. The two clubs failed to reach an agreement over a fee and the South London club returned to Liverpool to sign Sakho.

However, Amadou’s potential is well-known to other English clubs and Palace face competition from other relegation rivals Southampton, Stoke City, Watford and Newcastle United.

Signed from Nancy in 2015 in a €2m deal, Amadou has made 74 appearances for Les Dogues in his two-and-a-half years at the club.