Palace Make Move To Sign Serie A Striker After Months Of Waiting

0 Posted by - January 10, 2018 - News

It feels as though Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar in every single transfer window over the last couple of years but this January, it looks as though the Eagles may finally land their man.

The club’s desperation for attacking reinforcements has been well documented in the months since Roy Hodgson’s arrival in the dugout and now, one third of the way through the January transfer window, it looks as though the wheels may be starting to turn over a deal for the Senegalese international.

Still just 24, the frontman has always been earmarked by Palace’s scouts as a player with real potential and this term, having struggled for game time in Serie A, he himself is believed to be more open to a move away from Fiorentina than ever before.

Given our lack of alternatives to Christian Benteke at the head of the side, Babacar would be virtually guaranteed a run of games between now and May, solving any concerns he has about not being able to catch the eye of Senegal’s coaching staff in the build-up to this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Admittedly, it would be a big life change for him having been on Fiorentina’s books since the age of 15 but now more than ever, it feels as though the time may be right for him to pursue a change of scene.

Whilst injuries to the likes of Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon may have altered our overall strategy this January, the hunt for a striker isn’t something that’s been sprung on us out of nowhere. Hopefully, having done plenty of homework on Babacar over the years, we’re ready to strike quickly in a bid to secure his services, adding depth to the forward line at Selhurst Park for the first time in more than a year.

Given the uncertain future that surrounds Connor Wickham’s long-awaited return from injury, we would do well to add a striker in Babacar’s mould to the mix, leaving us, should the former Sunderland man ever regain full match fitness, with three capable goal-scorers vying for a starting spot.

It feels like a pipe-dream at present but with a little bit of luck, Roy Hodgson could rotate his strikers week on week depending on their specific attributes, rather than crowbarring Benteke into the XI from game to game as a consequence of a lack of options behind him.

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  • Spiceboy January 10, 2018 - 9:07 am Reply

    Hoppo this transfer window is becoming comical again a lot of rumours and no action. U thought they would of learnt from the previous window and have been ready to strike from January the 1st. No idea what freedman gets paid for money for nothing.

    • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh January 10, 2018 - 10:05 am Reply

      Not just the previous summer, pretty much every window since Parish came in. What annoys me is time isn’t valued ahead of cost when time (to settle, train, more games available for) is far more valuable than whatever sums the Board quibble over.

      • admin January 10, 2018 - 5:50 pm Reply

        It’s always, ALWAYS the same.

  • Sharpy January 10, 2018 - 10:34 am Reply

    If I had a player and a prem club came in at the beginning of the window with an offer of say £20 m I’d think that’s not bad but I’m going to hold on and see what other offers I get or what they’ll up it to even if I thought the player was only worth £5 m before the window opened ! How the hell do you know the club aren’t putting offers in early ?

  • Spiceboy January 10, 2018 - 10:43 am Reply

    Sharpy keepers with 6 months left on their contract the majority of clubs would be willing sellers so they recoup a fee but no we faff about till the last minute like the new Everton striker and basically blow our own brains out and then miss out on them entirely. Also I know people who know people within the club and there is not one concrete offer on the table at the moment. I want Freedmans job absolute piece of piss

  • Sharpy January 10, 2018 - 11:06 am Reply

    We shall agree to disagree mate

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