Crystal Palace have held talks with French side Lyon over a potential deal for Spurs target Joachim Andersen, according to a report from The Telegraph.
The lowdown: ‘Magnificent’ defender on Spurs and West Ham’s radar
Andersen spent the 2020/21 season on loan with Fulham, and caught the eye with some strong performances for the Cottagers last term, although his efforts weren’t quite enough as they were relegated back into the Championship.
Andersen was labelled as ‘magnificent’ by the Daily Mirror’s John Cross for his performance against Liverpool back in March.
The 25-year-old has been attracting interest from both Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
The latest: Premier League rivals hold talks
Spurs and West Ham are set to be dealt a frustrating transfer blow in their previous pursuit of Andersen though, with Crystal Palace holding talks with Lyon over a potential agreement for the Danish defender.
Andersen has three years remaining on his current contract with Lyon, although it remains to be seen as to whether he’ll see out that deal with the French side.
The verdict: An irritating update
This will be an irritating update for both Spurs and West Ham.
With a Whoscored rating of 6.79 from the 2020/21 season whilst with Fulham, he’s shown that he can perform to a high standard in the Premier League, even despite playing in a struggling side.
He’s dominant in the air, winning an average of 3.2 aerial duels per game, which put him above any other Fulham player in that statistic from last season.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Palace’s rumoured talks with Andersen prompt any further movement from elsewhere in London – there certainly seems to be plenty of interest in the man dubbed ‘absolutely sensational’ by Fulham legend Tony Gale.
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