Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has spoken to Russian TV channel Okko Sport and confirmed the Eagles were interested in signing CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov.
Hodgson said his profile was very good for Crystal Palace but in the end, they couldn’t manage to sign him as covered by Championat: “In the summer, we were interested in signing Chalov. We watched players from different countries and his profile was very interesting for us. He was definitely worth watching but unfortunately, we couldn’t agree on a deal to sign him.”
The former England manager revealed other Premier League clubs are now aware of the Russian striker’s talent: “Could we sign Chalov in the next transfer window? I don’t know. But we know that if one player attracts the attention from one Premier League club, others will also begin to follow him.
“The potential transfer could depend on how much CSKA wants and how well will he perform in the remaining matches.”
During the last transfer window, we covered reports from Russia that the Premier League side tabled a bid in the region €15m to sign the 21 year old, but his club rejected this offer.
There were suggestions Crystal Palace would come in with an improved offer for €25m before the window closed. However, it seems this never happened, and he subsequently remained in Moscow.
This season Chalov has made 23 appearances for CSKA and scored five goals. His contract with the Russian club will expire at the end of June 2022.