Last summer was a transfer window of change for Crystal Palace, with nine players arriving and 12 departing under the watchful eye of Patrick Vieira, and with a load of young players coming in and helping them easily fight off any threat of relegation, the same looks set to happen this time around.
It’s been reported that Joe Aribo is being lined up by Palace and would seemingly only cost them £10m – which would surely be a steal for someone that played so regularly for Rangers in both the league and Europa League in the past season.
Cook believes that one key factor that could help Palace beat other suitors to his signature is that he’d be able to go back home to south London if he joined the Eagles.
Would Aribo be a good signing for Palace?
He said: “The Premier League and the money that flows into the division generally is so astronomically large compared to the Scottish Premier League, that you end up in a situation where Rangers are punching above their weight financially year after year, and the transfer fee that they could command for Joe Aribo is one that Crystal Palace no doubt can afford without much of a shrug at all.
“So it does load the deck in our favour financially, and I’m not sure how he feels about it; you know, he is someone that is from south London. He was born in Camberwell and now at 25, the opportunity to come back to south London and play in the Premier League is potentially something that interests him a great deal.”
TIF Thoughts on Aribo going to Palace…
It would be a very impressive deal for Palace to pull off if they could sign someone like Aribo – who has been out in the SPFL for the last three seasons, winning a league title and helping get the Gers into a Europa League final – and end up spending just £10m on the winger.
Aribo would add some top-quality depth to the wide areas alongside the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Odsonne Edouard, Michael Olise and Jeffrey Schlupp, and with 51 goal involvements over the last three seasons, it wouldn’t be hard to believe that he can adapt to the English top flight a bit like Edouard did this season with his nine goal involvements.