Crystal Palace considering move for £6m Senegal international

As reported by the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace are considering making a move for Senegal international Papa Alioune Ndiaye who is currently playing for Turkish side Osmanlispor.

What’s the word?

Crystal Palace haven’t picked up a single Premier League point since September and the upcoming January transfer window presents a chance for boss Alan Pardew to add some fresh blood to the squad and turn things around before the situation gets drastic.

One of the players he’s looking at is Ndiaye, an attacking midfielder taking the Turkish Super Lig by storm this season.

The Mail reckon that the Senegal man could be available for £6.8m in January, which in Premier League terms is small change.

Football Soccer - Osmanlispor v Villarreal - UEFA Europa League Group Stage - Group L - Osmanli Stadium, Ankara, Turkey - 20/10/2016. Villarreal's Jonathan Dos Santos in action with Osmanlispor's Badou Ndiaye. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Worth it?

Ndiaye has spent the majority of his career in Norwegian football, starring for FK Bodo/Glimt in their rise to the Tippaligaen.

That won him a move to Osmanlispor, where he’s continued his fine form, contributing eleven goals last season and 5five league goals in ten appearances already this season, also adding a goal in the UEFA Europa League.

That sort of goalscoring record from midfield is the sign of a quality player and he could provide the cutting edge Palace need to start winning games.

Should Palace be focusing on attacking options, though? It’s their defence that badly needs work having conceded 17 times in their last five Premier League games. Only Hull City have conceded more in the league across the season.

In contrast, they’ve been scoring plenty. Only four teams have scored more than they have this season, which doesn’t fit with their lowly position of 17th in the table.