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Crystal Palace lodge bid for Lille star in £16 million swoop

Roy Hodgson is ready to splash out to land the Cameroon-born star following the serious injury to Scott Dann

CRYSTAL PALACE have reportedly made a £16million bid for Lille’s powerful centre-half Ibrahim Amadou.

Palace have contacted the French club about the Cameroon-born star, who could help solve their injury crisis.

Lille’s French defender Ibrahim Amadou could be set to join Crystal Palace

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Lille’s French defender Ibrahim Amadou could be set to join Crystal Palace

Amadou, 24, was a Palace target in the summer window – and SunSport recently revealed they were back in again.


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Last year the clubs could not agree a fee and the Eagles eventually paid more to land Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool in a £26m deal.

There has been a fresh move for Amadou and the player would jump at the Premier League switch.

Sakho is also sidelined with a calf strain and Scott Dann faces spending the rest of the season on the sidelines.

Ibrahim Amadou made a £1.5m move to Lille from Nancy in 2015

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Ibrahim Amadou made a £1.5m move to Lille from Nancy in 2015

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Palace boss Roy Hodgson has suffered injuries to his backline

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Palace boss Roy Hodgson has suffered injuries to his backline

Amadou can also play as a defensive sitter, but the immediate vacancy is at the back and Hodgson wants a new face to plug that hole.

Hodgson had previously said a centre-back was not a position he was recruiting for until recent injuries.

Dann was carried off on a stretcher in the 0-0 draw with Manchester City, with Palace confirming he and Jason Puncheon have suffered knee ligament damage.

Amadou can play both at the base of midfield or as a centre-back

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Amadou can play both at the base of midfield or as a centre-back

Scott Dann could be out for the season after getting injured against Manchester City

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Scott Dann could be out for the season after getting injured against Manchester City

Last week he said: “The subject of signing another centre-back has never come up because we weren’t expecting Sakho and Dann to be out for long periods of time.

“But who knows now? There will be discussions. Football is an ever-revolving subject.

“What you think is good in your team at one time suddenly a moment in time changes it all.”