Crystal Palace has reportedly reached an agreement to secure the loan signing of Maxwel Cornet from West Ham, as confirmed by Ed Aarons of the Guardian. However, the deal is contingent on West Ham securing a replacement before allowing Cornet, previously hailed as “brilliant” by Roy Keane in 2022, to depart the London Stadium.
Aarons elaborated on the situation, highlighting the dependency on West Ham’s ability to finalize a replacement. This development adds another twist to the ongoing transfer saga.
Earlier on deadline day, there were reports that Roy Hodgson was initially against bringing Cornet to Selhurst Park, a sentiment later corroborated by Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail. Despite this, Steve Parish and Dougie Freedman have pushed forward to agree on terms with the Ivorian winger.
However, considering West Ham’s potential sale of Said Benrahma to Lyon and their concerns about weakening their wide attacking options, there are doubts about the likelihood of the deal materializing. As such, Freedman may need to consider alternative options if West Ham fails to secure a replacement by the transfer deadline. Marseille’s Iliman Ndiaye could emerge as a viable alternative should the Cornet deal falter.