Crystal Palace are ready to battle rivals Brighton for the signing of Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara, reports suggest.
According to the Daily Mail, the former Arsenal youngster has been attracting the scouts of some Premier League clubs, and his recent performances have inspired both clubs to register their interest.
The report states that many turned up to watch him play against Porto in Rangers’ impressive 1-1 draw in the Europa League, in which he was ‘outstanding’.
Impressively, Kamara only cost the club £50k in January as his deal was expiring at Dundee, joining on a four-year deal, per the report.
With Palace being so heavily stocked in the central midfield positions, it’s really hard to see them go after Kamara, especially in January when there are many more pressing issues within the squad.
According to Transfermarkt, Palace have seven options for the central midfield positions in Luka Milivojevic, Cheikhou Kouyate, Victor Camarasa, James McArthur, James McCarthy, Jeff Schlupp and Max Meyer. Palace manager Roy Hodgson has preferred playing three in central midfield for most of this season, but even still, he has players which he trusts more than others. For example, Milivojevic, McArthur and Kouyate have all started at least eight games, while new signings Camarasa and McCarthy have only had one start between them.
With Hodgson having a hesitancy to play new players, coupled with the fact Palace already have lots of options, it would be hard to see Kamara signing in January.
Palace currently only have the options of Joel Ward at right-back (as well as Martin Kelly, who is mainly used as a centre-half nowadays) and Patrick van Aanholt at left-back, who has no conventional replacement. So, based on this, you’d assume that these positions would be the main priority for the recruitment team at Selhurst Park.
There’s no doubt Palace’s squad needs a revival of some youth, but it would be hard to see what benefit Kamara would bring considering he has so many experienced options.
With players such as James McCarthy being a consistent replacement for the more defensive positions in Palace’s midfield, it would be odd to see him replaced by Kamara since the Irishman only joined in the summer.
Palace perhaps need to streamline their central midfield positions before looking to add any more, as in all honesty, it would be hard to see a route to the first-team for Kamara, even though he is performing well in Scotland.
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