Speaking on Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre, Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio revealed that Crystal Palace failed in a late attempt to sign Victor Moses before he joined Inter Milan.
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Well, Di Marzio was speaking after Kaveh Solhekol revealed that the south Londoners are in talks to sign Belgium international Yannick Carrasco.
The Italian journalist said: “They tried to get Moses, Crystal Palace. Two days ago, when they knew that Moses could go to Inter, they called the agent in an Italian restaurant and said ‘come to Crystal Palace, come to Crystal Palace’. He said no and said okay to Antonio Conte.”
Moses has spent the season on loan at Turkish side Fenerbahce from Chelsea, although Inter have taken the 38-cap Nigeria international off the Super Lig outfit’s hands on a deal until the end of the season – it also contains an option to make the deal permanent.
It means that the former Wigan man will link up with Conte once again, a man who he won the Premier League title under back in 2017.
While the romanticism of being reunited with a former academy graduate would’ve made this a nice signing for Crystal Palace alone, Moses also would’ve been a good signing given his versatility.
The 29-year-old can operate in a right wing-back role as he did under Conte in that aforementioned title-winning campaign, and while right wing-back and right-back are slightly different, Palace could do with another man to operate in that area as Joel Ward is the only natural right-sided defender at the club.
Also, the Eagles need more depth on the wings with Andros Townsend injured and Wilfried Zaha the only natural senior winger at the club aside from the England international.
However, Roy Hodgson’s old side Inter Milan beat his current team to Moses’ signature, putting an end to the chances of the former Liverpool man returning to Selhurst Park.
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