Crystal Palace have recently been linked with a move for Reading winger Yakou Meite, according to a report from The Telegraph.
Meite has caught the eye with a number of impressive performances for the Royals over the years, having signed from French giants PSG in the summer of 2016.
The Ivorian international has gone on to make 125 appearances in total for the Berkshire-based side, and has chipped in with 42 goals for them.
Meite has struggled for consistent game time in this year’s campaign with Reading though, with the winger being sidelined through injury for the majority of the 2020/21 season.
He has scored 11 goals in 25 appearances this term, as Reading narrowly missed out on a top-six finish, which will have been hugely frustrating for the Madejski Stadium faithful, after their side had occupied a spot in the top-six for a number of months.
Speaking in an interview with Football FanCast, former Premier League manager Lawrie Sanchez reacted to Crystal Palace’s interest in signing Meite, and felt as though the Royals could benefit from earning profit on their player sales this summer.
“I think they’re the ones that will have a nibble at him, it’ll be interesting to see what type of money they’re talking about and will be interesting to see how much money Reading want. They will need profit from some of these sales.”
A move to Selhurst Park could remain somewhat ‘up in the air’ heading into the summer for Meite, as you would imagine that Crystal Palace will look to appoint Roy Hodgson’s successor first, before making moves in the summer transfer window.
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It’s certainly going to be an interesting summer ahead for Reading.
Their financial situation has been well-documented in recent seasons, but they have moved on a number of high earners this summer, with the likes of Sam Baldock and Sone Aluko being just some those to depart.
Meite has shown that he can score goals in the Championship, and he’s a player that the Royals will surely be looking to hold onto this summer.
But if they are to look at selling him, you can’t imagine that the club’s owners will look to move him on for a cheap fee, especially after rejecting sizeable bids for key players in the past, with John Swift’s links to Sheffield United being a good example of this.