Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport have published what they believe to be Crystal Palace’s three-man transfer shortlist during January, including 22-year-old Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar.
Our apparent interest in Babacar is nothing new, having expressed a desire to bring him to SE25 over the summer, but now, with the club going from strength to strength under the guidance of Alan Pardew, it would come as no surprise if Khouma himself was far more positive over a possible switch to South London than he had been previously.
Still only young, Babacar has netted six times in just a handful of appearances for Fiorentina so far this season, with his limited game time prompting both he and the club to entertain the idea of parting ways in the early stages of 2016, if the money being offered by Steve Parish and his fellow directors is high enough to make a sale worthwhile for the Serie A regulars.
Babacar has been with Fiorentina since his early teenage years but has so far been unable to rise towards a position of huge power within the squad’s current set-up. It should be noted that he did enjoy an extremely prolific spell on loan at Modena in the 2013/14 season, bagging more than 20 goals, but it doesn’t seem to have been enough to convince his current coaches that he is a man who is capable of spearheading their future plans in the division.
With Palace desperately hoping to secure the services of a striker in the current window, Babacar appears to fit the bill perfectly. Still extremely young and standing at an imposing 6’3, he could be just what Alan Pardew is looking for in his attempts to solidify our place in the Premier League’s top few places between now and May.
If not, there are still one or two other extremely attractive prospects floating around across Europe who may interest us before the month is over, with the piece above highlighting the identity of the other two men they believe to be on our shopping list.
Personally, I would be happy with any one of the trio mentioned. Watch this space.