It’s hard to tell whether Leeds United are still interested in Christian Kouamé, because their mentions are so sporadic these days that it’s led us to doubt their veracity.
There has been, however, some consistency when it comes to Crystal Palace, who have been long-term admirers of the Fiorentina player, dating back to his time at Genoa.
They came awfully close to signing him before a serious knee injury scuppered everything, but with him healed and back on the pitch, it seems Roy Hodgson is looking at him once more.
The Ivorian scored on Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to Inter in the Coppa Italia, which became Corriere dello Sport’s muse for some column inches on his current situation in Florence.
It’s reiterated the player is ‘followed and wanted by Torino and Verona in Italy and by Crystal Palace abroad’, but the ‘line does not change’.
They state ‘the €16m the possible buyers are willing to spend are a good reason’ to let him go, but it’s made clear the ‘technical aspect’ of his departure needs to be assessed first.
If they believe it’s worthwhile to sell him, then they could potentially move for Leonardo Pavoletti, currently at Cagliari, to add experience to a currently young strike force.