Former Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer has given an interview to Russian outlet Sport Express and discussed his time with the Premier League side, including his interest in Spartak Moscow’s Quincy Promes.
Promes was linked with a move to Southampton in the last transfer window, but the Saints also failed to get a deal agreed for the Dutchman.
De Boer said, when quizzed on Crystal Palace’s pursuit of Promes: “The Premier League is a very good option for Quincy. A really good player. When I was at Palace, we watched him closely. I wanted him at Palace, but we didn’t have much money.
“The club have previously spent €38m on Christian Benteke last season, so they told me they couldn’t afford to pay €30m for Promes. That’s the reason why the deal collapsed.”
During the last window we covered reports from Russia that Southampton were trying to bring Promes to St Mary’s, but weren’t prepared to meet his release clause of €30m.
Due to the attacker’s sell on demands it was likely Southampton would have to pay up tp €35m for the player. However, the Premier League side wouldn’t go above €27m, and the move never happened.