Crystal Palace are doing everything they can to avoid fielding Julian Speroni in goal against Liverpool on Saturday.
Roy Hodgson’s side currently have Wayne Hennesey and Vicente Guaita injured, meaning the 39-year-old club veteran is the only option to have between the sticks against the likes of Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah.
But it looks like Palace may have a Brazilian on their books by the weekend, with a loan deal for Sao Paulo’s Lucas Perri imminent, according to Sky Sports.
Transfer Centre LIVE: https://t.co/rM5z5F6WWr
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 17, 2019
He hasn’t got close to being the first-choice stopper in his homeland, and despite is 6ft. 5″ frame, is rated by expert Tim Vickery as fairly dodgy.
“We’re two years down the line and he hasn’t got close, not even a sniff of a first-team place at Sao Paulo. He would be, at best, (Palace’s) third choice goalkeeper at the moment,” he said, reported in HITC.
“Clearly, Sau Paulo don’t reckon Perri can fill that hole (left by the departure of legendary ‘keeper Rogerio Ceni). They’re happy to offload him.”
Let’s hope the journalist is correct!
Nothing less than a win will be deemed acceptable at the weekend, as Liverpool look to maintain our four point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s team play Huddersfield, which is about as guaranteed a three points as you can imagine.