Crystal Palace to swoop for Tottenham's Michel Vorm - How likely is a move?
Crystal Palace have endured a tough start to the season under Frank de Boer, but Sky Sports now say that the Dutchman may move for his compatriot Michel Vorm at Tottenham with less than a week until the transfer deadline.
What would Vorm bring to Selhurst Park?
Experience more than anything. Vorm is proven in the Premier League both from his impressive spell at Swansea City and his spells as deputy to Hugo Lloris at Tottenham. With an average of a clean sheet once every two games at Spurs, and once every four at the Liberty Stadium, he has a good track record.
Vorm is also an excellent shotstopper which is likely to appeal. De Boer knows that regardless of how much work he puts into his Crystal Palace defence, they will concede shots and opportunities. In the ex-Utrecht man, he can believe that he has a goalkeeper capable of saving more than he concedes.
Is a move likely?
Vorm is clearly the second choice goalkeeper at Tottenham, so it may be a case of him being allowed to leave if the price is right. Spurs have recently signed Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton and whilst many are expecting him to be third choice, Mauricio Pochettino may feel that he is capable cover as second choice.
Crystal Palace already have two senior goalkeepers in Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni, and the Eagles may be reluctant to bring in another player on first team wages with both of them there. However, it is clear that it is an area where the side could improve and Vorm may be that improvement.
At 33-years-old, he may feel that this is his last chance at earning regular first team football at such a high level again. That could appeal, particularly with Vorm unlikely to feature in anything other than cup competitions for Tottenham.