Crystal Palace could reignite their interest in a previous transfer target with a swoop for Holstein Kiel’s Jae-Sung Lee in the summer.
According to German publication Kicker, the Eagles made a move for the South Korean international as recently as January but their overtures were swiftly turned away by the 2. Bundesliga outfit, as they attempted to seal promotion to the top-flight.
However, with Lee’s contract expiring in the summer, and the player also preferring a move to the Premier League, now could be the perfect time for Palace to try again.
As it stands, Roy Hodgson’s men will need a few midfield recruits with a few players’ contracts running down at Selhurst Park. The likes of James McArthur and James McCarthy are both set to leave the club if agreements cannot be found.
With Lee’s contract at current employers Holstein Kiel coming to an end at the same time, he could well be a viable and affordable option to further bolster those depleted numbers.
Away from cost, or lack of, the 28-year-old has proven himself to be an extremely capable player.
The 49-capped South Korean has made 92 appearances for his current club, scoring 22 and assisting a further 22 in that time. He has also been key this season as Holstein managed to overcome Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal, a game in which he scored a penalty in a victorious shootout.
Whilst the step up into the Premier League from the second tier of German football could be considerable, those statistics bode extremely well for Lee.
He may not be the most glamorous name for the Eagles to bring in but there are certainly promising signs.
Considering that he would be available on a free transfer, it would be a shrewd move from Steve Parish to finally secure his man following his failed January bid.