After another season where Crystal Palace have found themselves in the relegation mix, Roy Hodgson is likely to strengthen his squad in the summer.
And if reports are to be believed, one area the Eagles boss will look to improve is midfield.
According to the Daily Star, Crystal Palace are keeping an eye on Newcastle United’s Mo Diame with the 31-year-old’s contract set to expire in the summer should the appearance clause for an extended year in his current deal not be triggered.
Whether that happens or not, though, the south London club should not be targeting the Newcastle man.
In midfield, Diame is able to provide a lot of power and energy. However, in Luka Milivojevic and Cheikhou Kouyate, Crystal Palace already have that.
Rather, Hodgson should be looking at midfielders who can bring a bit of a spark and some creativity to the middle of the park. But again, in Max Meyer, it is something the Crystal Palace manager also has at disposal.
With that in mind, Hodgson should be looking to utilise the Germany international instead of buying more of the same.
Diame would not be a terrible acquisition, but you cannot help but think he is not the profile of midfielder Crystal Palace should be looking at in this moment of time.
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