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.