Crystal Palace’s protracted search for a new striker looks set to lurch into another week after their bid for West Brom’s Saido Berahino was swiftly rebuffed by the Midlands outfit.
Having grown tired of Liverpool’s ever-changing view on the immediate future of perennial bench-dweller Christian Benteke, it seems as though Alan Pardew and the Eagles’ board of directors have decided to focus their gaze elsewhere, but as you see from the details attached in the article featured above, we’re finding it remarkably difficult to convince anyone to take our money.
Palace’s desire to sign a new striker has been well documented since the departure of Dwight Gayle to Newcastle a few weeks ago, but in a market where goalscorers are looked upon as an extremely rare commodity, negotiations with your direct competitiors can easily become gridlocked if owners on either side of the table are overly concerned about the fees involved.
Whilst Berahino is far from the only striker to have been linked with a move to SE25 this summer, many had hoped that this obvious show of intent from Pardew and co. would force the Baggies’ hand, but given the rapid nature of the response from owner Jeremy Peace, we still have some work to do if we are to push a transfer through.
With Christian Benteke widely regarded as an obvious tactical fit at Selhurst Park, the nature of the plan that would place Berahino at its core is a great deal less certain in the minds of the Eagles’ faithful, given his similar statute to the aforementioned Dwight Gayle. When you then factor in the difficulties West Brom have encountered with Berahino away from the field, it is hard not to look at our interest without a hint of trepidation for what may lay in store for our coaches and directors in the months and years to come.
It’s clear that Palace aren’t afraid to spend big to land a new front man during this window, but as things stand, the identity of the man in question remains as unclear as ever before.
We’ll keep you updated.