Decision not to extend Speroni’s deal confusing as Crystal Palace eye Benjamin Siegrist

According to a report in The Daily Record (May 28, page 47), Crystal Palace are one of the clubs showing an interest in signing Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist, which makes their recent decision not to extend Julian Speroni’s contract even more confusing.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Daily Record report that the Scottish Championship club are keen to tie the 27-year-old down to a new contract given he only has 12 months left on his contract, but it could be more difficult following their play-off defeat against St Mirren over the weekend which has consigned them to another year in the second tier.

The Eagles, along with Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Hull City, all watched Siegrist in action on Sunday, and could make a move to sign him in the coming months according to The Daily Record.

The report adds that the east Midlands outfit may hold the advantage as manager Martin O’Neill worked with the Swiss stopper during his time with Aston Villa.

Why release Speroni?

I think most Palace fans would accept the decision to release the popular Argentine as a sensible one if they were planning to bring in a new number one – or at least someone good enough to compete for the jersey – this summer.

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If the south London outfit want to push on and progress then neither Vicente Guaita nor Wayne Hennessey are arguably good enough to be between the sticks, and Siegrist hardly looks to have the pedigree to star for the Eagles given he is currently a goalkeeper in Scotland’s second tier.

It makes the decision not to hand club-legend Speroni a further 12 months on his contract confusing, as the 40-year-old would have been more than adept at holding the same role as the 27-year-old likely will should he end up arriving at Selhurst Park.