Crystal Palace are reportedly in the race to sign LOSC Lille captain Adama Soumaoro this summer.
According to claims from French news outlet La Voix du Nord, the Eagles are keen to land the central defender, who turned in numerous impressive displays throughout last season.
Lille enjoyed a strong campaign domestically. They finished second on the Ligue 1 table, and Soumaoro formed a resolute partnership at the back alongside former Crystal Palace star Jose Fonte.
However, this summer, it seems as though the Frenchman could be on his way to the Premier League, with speculation surrounding a transfer building.
Palace are believed to be negotiating with Soumaoro’s entourage as they plot to bring him to Selhurst Park this summer, and there is a chance that they will be able to secure him in a cut-price deal.
The 27-year-old is, as per the report, valued at somewhere between €12-15 million, indicating that he would be an affordable target for Roy Hodgson’s side.
Everton and Lazio are two clubs who have also been touted as possible destinations for Soumaoro by La Voix du Nord.
Other central defenders who Palace could target
Toloi has long been a reliable centre-back for Atalanta. He would certainly add some quality and composure to Palace’s back-line.
Elvedi is among the most underrated players in the Bundesliga. The Borussia Monchengladbach star would be an excellent signing.
Webster had a very good season at Bristol City last term. He is ready to step up to the Premier League.
Niakhate had a good season at Mainz. The French centre-back could be a clever signing for clubs in Palace’s position.