According to Jack Rosser of The Evening Standard, Crystal Palace remain “very confident” of signing Nathan Ferguson this summer.
Well, the journalist made the revelation while partaking in a Q&A session on Thursday, in which he gave an update on the West Brom full-back.
Rosser states that the south Londoners are confident in signing the player who underwent a medical in January, only to see the move collapse after a knee issue was flagged up and both sides failed to renegotiate a new fee in light of that discovery.
Steve Parish and Dougie Freedman had managed to negotiate a deal worth a potential £11m with add-ons for the youngster who had just six months left on his contract back in January, which proves that Crystal Palace were willing to pay over the odds for his signature.
However, while the Eagles very easily could’ve let their desperation to sign Ferguson see them ignore his knee issue, their decision to pull out of the deal looks to have been justified by Rosser’s update.
If the south Londoners remain “very confident” of landing the teenager when he’s available for free this summer, then there can simply be no complaints about the January decision to abandon this deal.
Palace would be getting a fantastic prospect for free having been prepared to pay a substantial £11m for him previously, and the club’s chiefs will also come out of the situation in a glowing light given their smart business decision in January.
In other news, Palace’s interest in this £3.15m-rated man could spell disaster for Wayne Hennessey…