Media reports linking Crystal Palace with a January move for Sporting Lisbon front man Islam Slimani are refusing to go away as we edge towards the festive period, prompting the Evening Standard to suggest that those in charge at Selhurst Park are preparing a firm bid for the Algerian.
The Evening Standard believe that Palace are fully primed to make an official bid for Slimani in the new year; setting pulses racing across south London at the thought of a regular goalscorer finally occupying a place in our starting XI.
Goalscoring has been a genuine concern for Alan Pardew so far this season, with his players managing just 14 strikes in their opening 13 Premier League fixtures, none have which have come from any of the club’s recognised strikers. Conversely, Slimani has bagged seven in Sporting’s first 10 games, prompting our scouts to sit up and take notice.
It’s worth remembering that Pardew himself openly discussed his interest in the front man over the summer, admitting that he was a player he’d been keeping an eye on for quite some time, but for now, it looks as though the Portuguese outfit’s valuation of £14 million may keep Palace from going all out to land the 27-year-old star.
Regardless of our continued presence in the top flight of English football, Slimani is likely to be a target for a number of other high-profile clubs in January and the summer, meaning Pardew will have to pull out all the stops if he is truly serious about landing the long-time transfer target.
Despite splashing out £9 million on Connor Wickham before the current season got underway, the former Sunderland man is still finding his feet in red and blue, as Monday night’s display against his former employers proved.
Should both Pardew and Palace’s owners be serious about cementing their place in the top half of the table between now and May, goals are a must; with a move for Slimani potentially providing the cheapest option for us in the search for a proven top-tier striker.