Crystal Palace are in the hunt ex-Manchester City and Olympiacos defender Omar Elabdellaoui, according to reports.
The Eagles are keen on a right-back after selling their Player of the Season last year Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for a reported £50m (BBC).
The Daily Mail reports that the Norwegian defender – who has represented his country on 36 occasions – will be allowed to leave Athens for £7m and that the south London club are in talks with their Greek counterparts over a potential deal.
It is suggested that Elabdellaoui is also wanted by the Scottish Champions Celtic as well as a host of other English clubs. The 27-year-old has had one spell in England previously while playing for Hull City in 2017 as they got relegated from the Premier League.
For Palace, Omar Elabdellaoui might not be as big of a name as the likes of Nathaniel Clyne previously rumoured, but fans can take solace in the fact that Southampton, Leicester and Celtic have also shown interest in the past (SDNA), so he does appear to have made an impact amongst those on these shores even if it might be a touch underwhelming in comparison.
According to a report from Media Referee, the right-back is known for his work-rate on the pitch and his ability to get up and down the flank. He allegedly has good pace, flair and is an accomplished crosser of the ball. Omar Elabdellaoui can also bring versatility to Palace as he has the ability to play on the right of midfield (Transfermarkt).
Elabdellaoui is a different option for Palace and one which could suit them if they are wanting to be more attacking. The right-back scored five goals and had six assists in 23 league games last year; Wan-Bissaka scored no goals and had three assists from his 35 league games.
With the £50m Palace received for Wan-Bissaka, Palace could surely find a more established player than Elabdellaoui. Indeed, the likes of Timothy Castagne and Djribil Sidibie have both been linked and are far more established considering the levels they are currently playing at with both Atalanta and Monaco respectively.
Still, if deals for the pair mentioned aren’t possible, Elabdellaoui does appear to have the raw tools to perhaps introduce a more expansive style going forward from the right-back berth, though it does seem underwhelming when taking into account some of the other targets mentioned.
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