According to recent reports, Crystal Palace have launched a ‘multi-million-pound’ bid to land Portsmouth goalkeeper, Alex Bass.
The reports by The News claim that Roy Hodgson’s side have made a move for the 22-year-old, who signed a new deal with Pompey at the start of the year.
While the figure is only specified in the report as ‘multi-million’, it is said that Palace had been on the hunt for ‘young keeping talent’, as all of their current goalkeepers are over the age of 30.
Bass had enjoyed 15 starts in League One this season, conceding 10 goals and keeping an impressive seven clean sheets, helping his side to finish in fifth place in the table, following the early curtailment of the league due to the global pandemic.
However, Bass’ season with Pompey did end on a particularly sour note, as the club were defeated in the League One play-off semi-final on penalties by Oxford United.
As mentioned previously, both of Palace’s current goalkeeping options are indeed on the older side, with Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita both being 33 years old.
As such, it would indeed be a sensible move for Palace to make to invest in a younger option in the position, if they feel that none of their academy players are ready to make the step up to the first-team football.
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However, with Bass currently valued at just £45k by Transfermarkt, if the deal is indeed a ‘multi-million-pound’ one, it would seem that Palace could well be overpaying for the young shot-stopper.