Crystal Palace Transfer Tracker - Updated 31 August 2020 - Welbeck, Zaha, Fraser, Watkins and all the others linked

Written by Robert Sutherland

 

Here with an update to our SUPER DUPER BUMPER EDITION of the transfer tracker is Rob, who has updated the transfer tracker with the latest rumours and has updated the completed list, too! 

Palace have signed two players now, with last week's addition of Eberiche Eze, but it sounds like this week could be a busy one too. The focus seems to be on young recruits, something to really get excited about. 
 

COMPLETED:

Nathan Ferguson - Defender - West Brom - Permanent - Fee TBC

Young defender Nathan Ferguson signed for the club as soon as his contract with West Bromwich Albion expired, and the two clubs are going to have to negotiate a fee for the player -- or leave it to a tribunal to decide. Palace attempted to sign the player in the January transfer window but, due to injury concerns and the player subsequently undergoing surgery, Palace held off. The highly-rated full-back is likely to challenge Joel Ward for the right-back role.  

 

EBERICHE EZE -- ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - QPR - £19M 

As one of QPR's most threatening players last season -- scoring 14 goals and creating a further 8 -- Eze is a player that, after many weeks of rumours, finally signed on the 31st of August. The midfielder's apparent value was £19m, although this may be linked to appearances. This was a signing the club have worked on for some time, with Palace showing interest in him in January. Eze is a player who tended to feature in more central positions for QPR -- rather than as an out-and-out striker -- and his impressive 45-minute debut for Palace in a friendly with Charlton on the 29th of August indicated that he would take up such a position for Palace, albeit on the left of a midfield four. 

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IN RUMOURS:  

Alex Bass - Goalkeeper - Portsmouth - £5m

22-year-old goalkeeper Alex Bass became a regular in the Portsmouth first team towards the end of last season, and his impressive performances have peaked interest among bigger clubs. With Wayne Hennessey's contract coming to an end next season, it's likely that Palace will be looking towards signing a goalkeeper that can gain experience on loan, ready to challenge for the first team spot the following season. 

 

Armel Bella-Kotchap -- Defender -- VfL Bochum -- £5m

VfL Bochum have reportedly received a bid for highly-rated centre-back Armel Bella-Kotchap, with the 18-year-old likely to be recruited in Palace's attempt to build a squad of young players capable of challenging for first-team appearances. Bella-Kotchap hasn't featured in a significant number of matches for his side, but the 6ft 3in defender has impressed when he has played. It's likely he would be sent out on loan once signed. 


Mattie Pollock - Defender - Grimsby Town -- £5m

Another young player looking at being recruited with a focus on building a young side, Pollock featured in 21 first team games for Grimsby Town last season. Were Palace to sign him it's likely that the player would then be sent out on loan to gain further experience. 


Flynn Downes - Midfielder - Ipswich Town - £6m

21-year-old midfielder Flynn Downes is another midfielder that Palace have been linked with for a while. The Ipswich Town player has already featured in 78 first team appearances in his young career, and has impressed throughout the last three seasons at Ipswich. While centre-mids might not be the most pressing position in which players are needed, it is also a position where age is likely to have the biggest impact. 

 

Connor Gallagher - Midfielder - Cheslea - Loan 

Crystal Palace are looking at the possibility of loaning Chelsea's young attacking midfielder who impressed in loan spells at Charlton Athletic and Swansea City. Gallagher plays in a box-to-box role, not too dissimilar from James McArthur, and youth is definitely something Palace are in need of in the centre of the pitch. If Palace do sign him, an ideal scenario would be to have a clause which allows the club to buy him at the end of a loan spell. 


Glen Kamara -- Midfielder -- Rangers -- £10m

This sounds like one of those agent-trying-to-get-player-noticed stories, but Finnish international Glen Kamara is apparently another player that Palace are looking at. A defensive midfielder by trade, Kamara signed for Rangers last summer for just £50,000 -- which makes you wince at the thought that Palace would be asked to pay £10m for him just a year later. Kamara played 19 games for Rangers last season and has started both of their games this season. He has also been linked with moves to Dynamo Kiev and Dinamo Moscow.  

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Ismaila Sarr - Winger - Watford - £40m 

The emphasis for Palace this transfer window is to sign attacking players, and Watford's Ismailia Sarr is one such talent that would suit the club perfectly. Sarr had a good season despite his side's relegation, scoring 5 goals in 28 appearances. While the fee is significant, there appears to be a willingness from Palace to spend money on the right kind of targets. Sarr has attracted interest from Liverpool, too -- it will likely be a matter of the player determining whether he wants first-team football or not.  


Said Benrhama - Winger - Brentford - £20m 

Algerian winger Said Benrhama is another Brentford player who has impressed in the Championship, scoring 17 goals for the side that missed out on promotion in the play-offs. With pace to spare, impressive close ball control and an eye for a great strike, Benrhama is just the kind of player Palace fans would love to see at Selhurst Park.

 

Siriki Dembele - Winger - Peterborough - £5m

With 8 assists and four goals prior to the lockdown, Siriki Dembele is another young player Palace are reportedly considering. A versatile winger that can play on the left or right, he formed a strong partnership with Ivan Toney as Peterborough pushed for promotion. Reports suggest he might be an alternative target were the club not to agree terms with QPR for Eze. 

Ryan Fraser - Winger - Free Transfer

Ryan Fraser is the kind of first-team player the club should really be looking at. He's got Premier League experience, has impressed for Bournemouth in his time at the club, and has the kind of qualities the club needs. Fraser refused to sign a new contract with the Cherries after the lockdown, and his former manager Eddie Howe then opted not to play him for any of the remaining games he would have been eligible for. He has however been linked with a move to Tottenham, too.

Florinel Coman - Winger - FCSB - £15m

In one of the most surprising transfer rumours of this window, Palace were reported to have agreed a fee for Florinel Coman, a Romanian winger who plays for FCSB in Bucharest. Reports suggested that Coman's agent, Ioan Becali, was in London to negotiate terms for the player.  However, it appears there isn't any truth to the story and the result seems to have been a falling out between Ioan Becali and his cousin Gigi Becali, who happens to own FCSB. Coman has now been linked with Aston Villa, a story that is just as unlikely to be true.  

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Jordon Ibe - winger - free transfer

It almost feels as though this is a case of 'team that doesn't get Fraser gets Ibe' and that could well be the case. Ibe didn't get on well at Bournemouth following a club-record £15m move from Liverpool, and following some off-field issues, it wasn't surprising that the Cherries didn't renew his contract. It seems unlikely that Palace would recruit the winger given that he was available for very little in January, however. 

Ollie Watkins -- Striker -- Brentford -- £18m

Palace have shown interest in Ollie Watkins previously, and if reports are accurate they could have signed the Brentford striker for significantly less last season. Watkins has had an impressive season in the Championship, taking up the role of lead-striker following the departure of Neal Maupay to Brighton and scoring 26 goals in 50 appearances. There had been talk of an £18m buyout clause although this has since been dismissed.  


Rhian Brewster - Striker - Liverpool - Loan

Highly-rated Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster is reportedly a target of Palace as well as a number of other Premier League clubs. The 20-year-old is yet to make an appearance for Liverpool, but spent the latter half of the season on loan at Swansea City, scoring 10 goals in 20 appearances. It's unlikely that Liverpool would consider any kind of permanent agreement for the player, but his addition would give pace and guile to what has been a relatively toothless attack. 

 


Michy Batshuayi -- Striker -- Chelsea - £25m

Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi is unwanted at Chelsea and, given Palace's need for a striker and his successful loan spell last year, his signing would make sense. The roadblock that might stand in the way are his reported wages, which are in excess of £100,000 per week. 

Palace might be able to afford that were players to leave, but given the impact that wages have had on recruitment previously, it's unlikely they'd be willing to match what he currently earns. Batshuayi has also been linked with Leeds United, where he would link up with Marcello Bielsa who he worked for at Marseille.  


Odsonne Edouard -- Striker -- celtic -- £25m

French striker Odsonne Edouard has had a remarkable spell in Scotland, scoring 49 goals in 83 appearances for Celtic since moving to Glasgow in 2017. The former PSG striker, who spent time on loan at Tolouse as well, is a player in high demand with a fee of £25m mooted. While scoring for fun in Scotland doesn't guarantee he'll do the same in England, his signing would be a coup for the club. As it is, the player would need some convincing to swap Celtic Park and it's 60,000 fans for Selhurst Park and our 23,000. But...you get Premier League football! And that's all that anyone wants, right?! 

 
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Danny Welbeck - Striker - Watford - TBC

Injury-plagued striker Danny Welbeck is another player being linked with a move to Selhurst Park following the relegation of Watford. The former Manchester United and Arsenal striker has featured in just 26 games over the last two seasons, and despite looking a threat for Watford when he did feature, he scored just 2 league goals last season and a solitary league goal the season prior to that at Arsenal. If he can get over his injury issues there would be sense in such a move on a one-year contract, but with no guarantees of such a return to fitness, it wouldn't look like a sensible move, especially given the club's existing injury issues. 
 
 

OUT RUMOURS 

Mamadou Sakho - Lyon - £15m 

Reports suggest that Mamadou Sakho is keen to return to France, and that Champions League semi-finalists Lyon are ready to jump in with an offer. However, unless they win the competition, the French club are unlikely to feature in Europe next season (a return to which Sakho would prefer) and it therefor makes his move less likely. Palace have an option of a further year on his contract, which they might well take. 

Wilfried Zaha -- [CLUB GOES HERE] - £50m or more

We've put [CLUB GOES HERE] as it's difficult to keep track of which clubs Zaha's agent has linked him with. Arsenal seem to have been and gone, which is a shame for Zaha as it was apparently a dream move for him, with his family pleading for Palace to accept a cut-price deal last summer. 

He has now been linked with Borussia Dortmund -- whose transfer policy it is to avoid spending fortunes on players Zaha's age -- Paris Saint Germain, who have plenty of attacking options already, and Monaco, who disappointed last season but at least would be able to pay him tax-free. 

Sky Sports claim that Palace are willing to listen to acceptable offers, but given the Eagles turned down bids of £40m last season, it's unlikely that they'll listen to anything less than that this time round -- even after a disappointing last season. 


Alexander Sorloth -- Trabzonspor/RasenBallsport Leipzig -- £15m

Who knows what's going on with this transfer. Palace sent Sorloth to Trabzonspor on a two-season loan last summer. The deal allows the Turkish club to sign him once he's made more than 50% of the club's appearances in his second season there. The deal also allows Palace to cancel the loan agreement for an agreed fee. It also allows Sorloth to cancel the loan if he wishes to. 

Reports suggest he's already agreed terms with Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig, and that Palace are negotiating an agreement with the controversial German side to get Sorloth back so they can then sell him on, but Trabzonspor are reported to be unhappy with this. 

This sounds like Typical Palace to us, doesn't it?  

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James McCarthy - Celtic - £10M

 
Centre-mid James McCarthy took a while to get going in Palace's midfield but looked to be a very capable player when he did feature. Tenacious in the tackle and a decent passer of the ball, McCarthy also disproved some of the worries about his injury issues. The Ireland international who was born in Scotland has been linked with what would be a dream move to Celtic for him, and while it would be a shame to see him go, the likely arrival of Conor Gallagher would help to ease that disappointment. Celtic have to raise funds to sign the player though -- let's just call it a swap for Edouard, then? 

Crystal Palace sign QPR star Eberechi Eze in £12m Deal

Written by FYP Fanzine

Crystal Palace have secured their second signing of the summer with the arrival of Eberechi Eze from QPR in a deal believed to be worth £12m. 

The 22-year-old attacking player, who can play on the wing or in a more central role, scored 14 and created 8 for the Hoops last season as they finished 13th in the league and joins Nathan Ferguson in signing for Palace. 

Eze has been the subject to plenty of transfer speculation during the transfer window, with interest from West Ham and more recently Fulham driving interest in the player. QPR's number 10 was reportedly a target for Palace back in January too, although the clubs failed to reach an agreement on his valuation at the time. That impasse has now been overcome, with the South East Londoner signing a five-year deal at the club.

Palace have been in need of attacking options following a disappointing end to last season, which saw Roy Hodgson's side fall to seven defeats in eight, with a draw against Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of the season arresting that poor run of form. The side were also one of the lowest-scoring teams in the Premier League last season. 

With an aging squad and a distinct lack of attacking options, Eze brings variety and youthfulness to the side, and after a successful season in the Championship, he will have plenty to prove this coming season.

After signing he told Palace's official website he was heavily influenced in his decision to join after watching Yannick Bolasie and Wilf Zaha rip it up for the club in recent years: "I remember watching [Yannick] Bolasie and Zaha in the Championship and just thinking: ‘That’s where you want to be, that’s the goal'. It’s a great opportunity for me to come and show what I’m about, and to follow in their steps."

He added: “I think any boy in London knows cage football is where you learn most of your football. That shaped me, it’s where skilful players thrive and learn what they can do. I try my best to take it onto the pitch, impress the fans and entertain.

"As a football club, I feel like there are great players here and it’s a brilliant opportunity for me to come and be with these players, to link up with them and to really push on."

Palace boss Roy Hodgson hinted at perhaps a new approach as he said:"Alongside recent signing Nathan Ferguson, we are assembling the pieces of our jigsaw with regard to bringing in some fresh, young players to our squad who will provide the quality and energy we have highlighted as being necessary for us to take the next steps forward.

"He is an ambitious and dedicated young man whose future looks extremely bright. I am delighted that it will be with us."

Andros Townsend told TalkSPORT he's excited by Eze's arrival: "He looks like some player, he’ll be a hell of a signing for us. 

"He’s very skilful and direct, he will definitely give us that freshness in attack. We didn’t score enough or create enough last season, he could help us get on the score sheet more frequently."

Palace are being linked with a number of additional targets, with strikers and wingers at the top of the list of required signings -- you can find out more about those in our Transfer Tracker.


 

Crystal Palace fixtures for 2020/21 Premier League season start against Southampton

Written by FYP Fanzine

Crystal Palace's fixtures for the 2020/21 Premier League season have been released and they start against Manchester City. Thanks, fixture computer! 

The new top flight season kicks off on Saturday September 12th having been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic that means the previous season was postponed for three months. Crazy times we live in.

The new season was supposed to already be underway - with a planned start date of August 8th - but we are still three weeks away from competitive football. The 20/21 season will end on Sunday May 23rd meaning there is less time to cram in the usual amount of fixtures. 

And 19 days after that...Euro2020 will kick off, a whole year late.

Currently fans are still not allowed back to attend games meaning the 20/21 season kicks off in empty stadiums as the 19/20 season did when it resumed in July. The are reports fans will be allowed back in to watch games in October in seriously reduced capacity. What that means for Palace fans is still unknown.

Some rule changes for the 20/21 season: matches will go back to three substitues and seven on the bench allowed after the Premier League upped it to five subs and nine on the bench during Project Restart. Clubs voted against keeping that rule going into the new season meaning we're going back to the way it wa which is a blessing as the five sub rule really did favour the bigger teams with bigger squads.

Also referees will use the VAR screens more this coming season, going over to them for subjective decisions like goals, red cards and penalties. Another sensible decision shocker. 

Full run down of Palace's 20/21 fixtures below...

September

Saturday, 12th: Southampton (H)

Saturday, 19th: Manchester United (A)

Saturday, 26th: Everton (H)

October

Saturday, 3rd: Chelsea (A)

Saturday, 17th: Brighton & Hove Albion (H)

Saturday, 24th: Fulham (A)

Saturday, 31st: Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)

November

Saturday, 7th: Leeds United (H)

Saturday, 21st: Burnley (A)

Saturday, 28th: Newcastle United (H)

December

Saturday, 5th: West Bromwich Albion (A)

Saturday, 12th: Tottenham Hotspur (H)

Tuesday, 15th: West Ham United (A)

Saturday, 19th: Liverpool (H)

Saturday, 26th: Aston Villa (A)

Monday, 28th: Leicester City (H)

January

Saturday, 2nd: Sheffield United (H)

Tuesday, 12th: Arsenal (A)

Saturday, 16th: Manchester City (A)

8pm, Wednesday, 27th: West Ham United (H)

Saturday, 30th: Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)

February

Wednesday, 3rd: Newcastle United (A)

Saturday, 6th: Leeds United (A)

Saturday, 13th: Burnley (H)

Saturday, 20th: Brighton & Hove Albion (A)

Saturday, 27th: Fulham (H)

March

Saturday, 6th: Tottenham Hotspur (A)

Saturday, 13th: West Bromwich Albion (H)

Saturday, 20th: Manchester United (H)

April

Saturday, 3rd: Everton (A)

Saturday, 10th: Chelsea (H)

Saturday, 17th: Southampton (A)

Saturday, 24th: Leicester City (A)

May

Saturday, 1st: Manchester City (H)

Saturday, 8th: Sheffield United (A)

8pm, Wednesday, 12th: Aston Villa (H)

Saturday, 15th: Arsenal (H)

Sunday, 23rd: Liverpool (A)


 

What If...Frank de Boer hadn't been sacked? We simulated on Football Manager to see...

Written by Matt Buckland
After simulating on Football Manager the rest of this season before it returned and if Palace had won the 2016 FA Cup, Matt Buckland is back with another. This time; what is Frank de Boer hadn't been sacked after four games?

Over to Matt...

I added his backroom staff and kept the squad exactly how it was when the season started.

The goal of this experiment was to see how things would’ve gone if Frank had been given more time. Sadly, I was not able to start the experiment after the real life 1-0 loss to Burnley that sealed Frank’s fate in real life so I ran this experiment from 14th August 2017, the 1st game of the season at home to Huddersfield *Shudders at the memory of that game…*

Anyway, here we go!

August

Decent start to the season with 4 points in the 1st 3 league games but a 1-1 draw with Fulham led to penalties which we unfortunately lost. Who cares right? it’s only a winnable trophy… 🤭

September

Not a good month with only 1 goal scored (Benteke vs Man City)

October

No defeats which is promising but a lack of firepower meant that the dropped points in winnable games away to Newcastle and home to West Ham.

November

November brought the 1st win since the opening day of the season with a 2-1 victory at home to Stoke. A Benteke double sealing the points.

December

The busy December calendar provided some entertaining games but with only a 2-0 win at Watford (goals from Cabaye & Loftus-Cheek) to speak of, the half way point of the season was slightly concerning.

The 2-2 draw away to Swansea brought up the mid point of the season and it wasn’t the best of starts for Palace. 3 points clear of the relegation zone so close enough for Frank to be looking over his shoulder…

The December ended with a great win at home to Man City (Benteke & Wilf) . This also meant that Palace had scored in each of the last 10 league games. Whilst the results weren’t great, could this this be a sign of exciting things to come? Could we “turn a corner”? We shall see...

January

The transfer window arrived with Frank wanted to shake things up in the squad and he got his wish with a net spend of -£5m.

Ins

Outs

On the pitch, results took a turn with no wins piling the pressure on Frank. Only the FA Cup was keeping him in a job at this point. Sounds familiar...

February

This month would be critical for both Frank and Palace. Wins were needed to stave off relegation worries and the new signings needed gel quickly to improve Palace’s fortunes. The next to games would be crucial…

Sadly (for Frank) the loss to Everton dropped Palace into the relegation zone in Everton’s place and enough was enough for Parish. Frank De Boer was sacked just after the defeat. Literally. At 5:52pm.

Dougie took temporary charge (shocker) whilst Parish looked for his successor. A massive 3-0 (King, Sakho & Luka with the goals) home win against Spurs was a needed boost and the FA Cup wins kept coming (albeit through a replay).

March

Dougie would have one more game in charge before Parish was to name the next Palace manager. A decent 1-1 draw with Man Utd.

On 5th March, Crystal Palace announced their new manager; Andre Villas-Boas. Dougie went back to his “Sporting Director” role (whatever that actually is).

Villas-Boas took over with Palace in 17th place with 9 games to play.

However, losses to Huddersfield and Middlesbrough meant that Palace ended March in the relegation zone and out of the FA Cup.

April

Make or break time is here. 2 big results away to Bournemouth and home to B******n gave Palace a platform to build on. Unfortunately, defeats to Watford and Leicester damaged said platform. Palace ended the month 1 point above Swansea in 18th. With 2 games to play, safety is still in their hands.

 

May

The final 2 games of the seasons and it’s crunch time. The task is simple. Win against Stoke and West Brom and Palace are safe.

Can Villas Boas do it? Can he save them so they can put the De Boer mistake behind them and stay in the Premier League to learn from their error?

Well…

 

 

The defeat to Stoke and a win for Swansea meant that Palace dropped to 18th place and into the relegation zone with 1 game remaining and 2 points from safety. Palace had a better goal difference than Swansea however so a draw for Swansea and a win for Palace on the final day of the season would mean that Palace stay up.

The final game…

… and Palace fell short. This meant that relegation was confirmed. The final table looked as it does below:

Even with Benteke grabbing an impressive 18 league goals, Palace could not be saved.

So, there you have it.

Had we stuck with De Boer, we would’ve had a massively disappointing season for Palace and gamble would've failed to pay off. But, thank our lucky starts that this didn’t happen and we went on to record a solid mid table finish in real life!

The next experiment… AFC Crystal Palace.