Crystal Palace announced the signings of Jordan Mutch and Shola Ameobi on Thursday and it looks like Alan Pardew is close to adding a third new face this week. Lille defender Pape Souare should complete has medical before the weekend and the Senegalese left-back should complete a deal worth £3.5 million this week.

It has been reported earlier in the week by French newspaper L’Equipe, that the London club has made an offer of €4.6 million for the 24-year-old Senegalese defender.

Selling Souaré should allow Lille to sign a striker before the window closes shut, and there is a small possibility that it could re-open the window for Divock Origi to move to Liverpool.

Souaré is currently with Senegal at the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, so he hasn’t played since the Week 19 2-1 loss away at Marseille. However, over the last two seasons, he has established himself as Lille’s starting left-back, scoring three goals and making 33 appearances as Les Dogues kept 21 clean sheets in the league last campaign.

He is definitely more accustomed to the attacking side of the game, rather than concentrating on his defensive duties, and his crossing ability can leave a lot to be desired.

You will also get 100% effort from Souaré, no one can question his determination or desire when he pulls on the Lille shirt. Any offer of the reported amount may be too good for Lille to reject.

With the injury to Swiss striker Michael Frey, Coach René Girard is lacking options in attack. The sale of Souaré would give the club necessary funds to buy Benfica’s want away forward Derley.

Souaré was an important part of the Lille defence last season, but his performances have been far from impressive this season and the feeling around the club is that they have enough options to cover his exit.

Pardew won’t be able to call on Souaré for this weekend’s game against Everton at Selhurst Park. The Eagles, according to TonyBet football betting, are slight underdogs against the Toffees, but having Mutch and Ameobi in the squad could be enough to sway the game in Pardew’s favour.

Souaré, once the deal is done, will join his new club for next week’s game. Senegal finished in third place in their group at the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

The 24-year-old will give Pardew some extra width on the left, but it wil remain to be seen how he adapts to the English game.


leave a comment