Following Crystal Palace’s €18m bid for Lille’s Ibrahim Amadou, it appears a few other clubs have started to take an interest in the Ligue 1 side’s 24-year-old captain.

One of the better performers in what has been a rather disastrous start to the season for Marcelo Bielsa’s now former side, the defensive midfielder’s versatility (he’s also capable of playing at centre-back) has caught the eye of West Brom.

This is what Mercato365 claim on Thursday afternoon, as they explain Amadou would be the ideal replacement for Jonny Evans or Grzegorz Krychowiak if either (or both?) left in January (even if the latter’s departure doesn’t seem to be on the cards just yet).

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As Lille expect €20m for their star, and that’s already been well established, Alan Pardew, an avid fan of Ligue 1 signings, knows exactly what to do if he wants to bring the former France U19 to the Premier League.

He’ll just have to see off the challenge of Crystal Palace, who are now better placed than the Baggies in the Premier League, and have a lot more going for them.

As things stand, at least.