According to a Tweet from The Guardian’s Deputy News Editor Ed Aarons, Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace are eyeing the loan signing of Jean Michael Seri of Fulham.
Crystal Palace looking at signing Jean Michaël Seri on loan from Fulham. Ivory Coast midfielder also wanted by Monaco
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) June 10, 2019
With the Cottagers unable to maintain their Premier League status in 2018/2019, Seri will be wanting to stay at the highest level with Monaco of Ligue 1 also interested in securing his signature.
However, if the Eagles want to be the club to keep the central midfielder in the division, then it may have to be on loan as there’s every chance Scott Parker’s men could be back in the top flight themselves in a year’s time.
Seri, a 23-time international with the Ivory Coast, arrived at Craven Cottage last summer as part of the team’s ill-fated pre-season spend from Nice.
It’s not hard to see the potential of the bright Seri being Luka Milivojevic’s long-term partner at Selhurst Park if they manage to rescue him from the Championship.
It seems like the Serbian is the only constant in the midfield of Hodgson’s men at the moment with everyone from Cheikhou Kouyate to Max Meyer partnering him at one point during 2018/2019.
Seri’s first campaign in English football didn’t exactly go to plan, and he largely failed to make the impact that would have been expected from him.
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However, the midfielder has shown his class for Nice previously and is more agile than Milivojevic, meaning his overall game would complement his nicely as he would be able to break forward while the Serbian plays a holding role.
The fact that the Eagles would get to try the African on for size before committing to a permanent deal first is excellent. That way, if things don’t quite work out for Seri in south London Palace have lost nothing.