Crystal Palace midfielder Jairo Riedewald looks set to stay put at Selhurst Park for the time being, after a move to La Liga strugglers Celta Vigo collapsed, according to Spanish outlet Faro De Vigo.
What’s the word, then?
The Eagles were hoping to offload the Dutch international this window in order to free up funds for a new striker, and were close to seeing Riedewald leave for Spain – Celta Vigo had an obligation to buy the 22-year-old if they managed to survive relegation from La Liga, but it looks like they have turned their attention elsewhere.
Instead, a move for Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt looks more fathomable now, which means that the former Ajax midfielder – who can also play at centre-back – must find a new club with just over a week to go of the transfer window.
If he doesn’t, it is unlikely that he will see much game-time under Roy Hodgson, seeing as the 71-year-old boss hasn’t given Riedewald a single second of Premier League action this season, limiting him to appearances in the cup competitions only.
The news of this collapsed move will not be music to the ears of Hodgson and Palace chief Steve Parish, who are desperately trying to offload a number of fringe players in a bid to rack up some funds for a new frontman.
Palace have already managed to get rid of Jonny Williams, Alexander Sorloth, Jason Puncheon and Jordan Mutch this month, which has massively improved the look of the wage bill at least.
Funds are reportedly (as per the Evening Standard) low at Selhurst Park, so player sales look set to be the only way in which Hodgson will have any sort of cash to spend, or at least lure a higher pedigree of loan player with added funds in the wage budget.
Out of Palace’s three recognised strikers in Connor Wickham, Christian Benteke and Jordan Ayew, only the latter has found the net this season – even then, the Ghanaian has only scored twice. A striker is a necessity, but Riedewald’s failure to leave has only made the hunt for a forward even harder.
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