Crystal Palace planning summer raid for Bristol City winger Albert Adomah
Crystal Palace are preparing to come back in for Bristol City winger Albert Adomah at the end of this season.
Eagles manager Ian Holloway is a confirmed admirer of the 25-year-old Ghana winger and remains his preferred choice to replace England starlet Wilfried Zaha, who is set to join Manchester United in a £15m deal this summer.
Although Palace had two bids for the former Barnet winger rejected in January, chief executive Bill Alexander has privately voiced his opinion that the south London club have not given up hope of prising Adomah away from Ashton Gate.
African Nations Cup star Adomah has made no secret of his ambition to play in the Premier League and insists the thought of joining another Championship club never seriously crossed his mind in January. But the situation could change dramatically if Palace are promoted from the Championship.
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Asked about Adomah after Tuesday’s game between Palace and City at Selhurst Park, Eagles manager Holloway adopted a diplomatic approach, saying “He is their player and I don’t talk about other club’s players.”
But the former Bristol Rovers boss did not rule out the possibility of making another attempt to lure the winger to the capital at the end of the season.
He told The Post: “The fact of the matter is that I asked my chairman and my chief executive to ring quite a few people and ask what the situation was back in January.
“I was particularly looking in the wider areas and Bristol City have a very good player in Albert Adomah.
“Wilfried Zaha is leaving and that is still the case.”
After their initial offer of £1m was rejected, Palace tested City’s resolve with a bid worth in excess of £2m in total.
Although City did not need to sell, Adomah will enter the final year of his Ashton Gate contract in the summer and the board of directors may seek to cash in rather than risk him leaving for nothing at the end of next season.
Irrespective of whether City stay in the Championship or suffer relegation to League One, Adomah appears likely to move on this year.
If a Premier League club meets City’s valuation, the club will not stand in his way.
Holloway added: “Selling Wilf (Zaha) to Manchester United was a double whammy. He got his move to a great club and we got the money and the player until the end of the season.
“I don’t think I would have had the cash to bring in Stephen Dobbie, Kevin Phillips, Jazz Richards and Jacob Butterfield without getting that money.
“How can you stand in Wilf’s way when someone like Manchester United come in? I had it at Blackpool when they would not let Matt Phillips or Charlie Adam leave and I did not think that was right.
“We should have done the deal, because they are not the same people if you hold them back.”