There´s news in the Sun today that Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is lining up a club record £15M bid for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, who is also reported to be a target of Newcastle in the January transfer window.
It´s not unusual when managers move to other clubs that they bid for what were former targets at their old clubs – and this seems to be happening with Palace.
But £15M is a massive amount for a club like Crystal Palace to fork out – never mind Newcastle – and that´s close to Newcastle´s record signing of Michael Owen from Real Madrid back in 2005.
Michy Batshuayi – now a Palace target in January
The 22 year-old has been watched for a while by Newcastle Chief Scour Graham Carr.
It´s going to be very interesting to see what happens in January and it would be embarrassing if Crystal Palace beat us to this player – if indeed he is a real Newcastle target.
Could it be that even Crystal Palace are yet another club with more ambition than Newcastle?
Alan Pardew has more control at Palace then he ever had at Newcastle and he´s the one who decides which players come in during the transfer windows.
At Newcastle that person is Graham Carr and depending on who he wants it seems the manager can like it or lump it – not really a good way to run a football club.
Palace may even be better positioned to attract the player in January since they are in 6th position in the Premier League at the moment and have some good players – including former Newcastle star Yohan Cabaye.
Batshuayi is of Congolese descent and was eligible for the DR Congo through his parents, but earlier this year he elected to play for Belgium.
The 6ft tall striker made his International debut in March in Belgium’s home match against Cyprus in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying game when he replaced Christian Benteke in the 77th minute.
Three minutes later Michy scored his first goal for his country in the 5-0 win.
Michy played 13 times for the Belgium U21 side scoring seven goals and he’s a highly regarded young striker.
While still in Belgium Michy played 120 times for Standard Liege with 44 goals and 13 assists and while in France he´s so far played 36 games with 15 goals and 2 assists – so this lad can score the goals.
Michy has plenty of speed and he’s a powerful player who could be well suited to the physical game in England.
He’s at an age when Newcastle like to sign players because they can improve on Tyneside and quickly add to their value in the transfer market.
Crystal Palace are 6th top of the Premier League with 23 points and 10 points more than Newcastle who are in 18th place.