Norwegian striker Alexander Sørloth has only been on Crystal Palace’s books since January but according to reports in Turkey, Galatasaray are looking to take him on a season-long loan with an option to buy ahead of the new season.
It’s no secret that Alex has struggled for game-time since arriving at Selhurst Park but as a 22-year-old who had previously been playing his football in Denmark, I can’t imagine he or anyone else in his camp was particularly surprised at the adjustment period he was afforded.
Ahead of the new Premier League season, it looks as though we’ll have three fit first-team strikers in the shape of Christian Benteke, Connor Wickham and Alex, prompting me to ask why the club would even entertain the idea of loaning out the man they spent a reported £9 million on back at the start of the year?
The report from Turkey suggests that Galatasaray are also keen to insert an option to buy the towering young striker once his loan deal expires, given Palace’s apparent struggles to come into line with Financial Fair Play regulations; an angle that feels rather hopeful at first glance.
I have no idea how Roy Hodgson intends to approach the new season from an attacking perspective, with the gaffer having managed to get a rather decent tune from the team without any out-and-out strikers on the pitch in the closing stages of the campaign just gone. Of course, having the luxury of three frontmen ready and waiting in the wings will be a welcome change for him but with the trio all possessing similar attributes, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him looking for a smaller man to play off them, if the market throws up such an opportunity.
Could it just be paper talk from over in Turkey, or is there more substance to it? My initial instincts tell me that the club won’t entertain the idea but I have been wrong on many occasions in the past.
I’ll do my best to keep you abreast of any further developments.