Crystal Palace are interested in potentially making a move for Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, according to the Daily Mail.

What’s the word?

Roy Hodgson has a big task on his hands in order to push the Eagles further up the Premier League table.

The London club avoided relegation and eventually finished the 2017-18 season in 11th place, 11 points above the bottom three.

A midfielder is certainly a priority with regards to the transfer window as Palace have lost a handful of players.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has returned to Chelsea, while Yohan Cabaye, Bakary Sako and Lee Chung-yong have also left.

According to the Daily Mail, Drinkwater is an option for Palace, but it is unclear whether it would be a loan or permanent move.

Could this work out?

From Palace’s point of view, it is a risk purely because of the midfielder’s lack of game time.

At Chelsea last season, the 28-year-old, who is valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, made just 12 Premier League appearances, contributing with one goal.

Despite only starting just five league matches, moving to Selhurst Park could give Drinkwater a new lease of life.

The midfielder was a pivotal figure in Leicester City’s shock 2015-16 Premier League title win, and his ability to pick out passes and be a deep-lying playmaker would perfectly suit Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha, and the England international could help the duo reach double figures for goals in 2018/19.

Danielle Joynson