Amadou boarded a train to London last Wednesday amidst speculation that a move to the capital was inevitable, but was sent back to France after Lille failed to facilitate the necessary moves to make a transfer happen.
Wasted trip to London for Lille captain Ibrahim Amadou. Too late for Crystal Palace to get deal done. Not wasted night for Palace manager Roy Hodgson - went to launch party for new Julian Barnes novel— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 31, 2018
According to reports, the deal hinged on Lille being able to recall Portuguese midfielder Xeka from his loan at Dijon. When it became apparent that that would not be possible, the deal fell through.
Amadou met with Palace owner Steve Parish in London as the Eagles tried to thrash out a deal before midnight. Amadou even ended up pleading down the phone to his current employers at one point, but it seems that his words fell on deaf ears.
L'Équipe reported that the deal agreed for the Cameroon-born midfielder was in the region of