Crystal Palace may have survived another year of Premier League football last year, but the Eagles’ status as a top-flight side is very much under threat this term.
Palace fans here in The Transfer Tavern last night went wild as their side completed a late comeback at Southampton to move two-points clear of the bottom-three, with new boss Roy Hodgson performing miracles since arriving at the club. Over a post-match pint our landlord had a chat with Palace fans, who highlighted a goalkeeper as their area in need of strengthening this month.
It appears their prayers have been answered today, with Spanish publication Marca reporting that Hodgson is leading the chase for in-demand Getafe shot-stopper, Vicente Guaita. The 30-year-old has been in sensational form for the side from Madrid this season, and Palace are keen to bring the player to Selhurst Park this month. Watford are also reported to be interested, but Palace currently lead the charge.
Palace are in desperate need of a new goalkeeper following the failed experiment of Steve Mandanda last season, and Hodgson has identified Guaita as the man he wants defending his goal in the coming months and years.
The player’s form has helped the Spanish minnows into eighth-place in La Liga, with his saves earning points on a weekly basis for the capital club.
The player is reaching the second-half of his career, and his peak years as a goalkeeper, and will know that a big money Premier League move must happen now or never. This deal is likely to go through if Hodgson’s interest persists.
Palace fans, is a goalkeeper your winter priority? Let us know!