Palace Linked With £12 Million Move For Serie A Striker

1 Posted by - July 18, 2018 - News

If you’re a Palace fan with even a passing interest in transfer gossip, the chances are you’ll have already heard of Khouma Babacar. The 25-year-old striker has been linked with a move to Selhurst Park on roughly 467 occasions and last night, rumours of another bid resurfaced.

Originally born in Senegal, the 6’3 frontman was on Fiorentina’s books between 2008 and 2018, undertaking plenty of loan moves elsewhere over the course of the 10 year stint. The last of those switches, with fellow Italian outfit Sassuolo, ended with Babacar signing a permanent deal but now, just a few weeks later, it seems the Eagles are keen to offer them the chance to make a quick and tidy profit.

Khouma is a player who has been targeted by Palace time and again over the last three years and whilst Fiorentina never went as far as accepting a bid from us, it’s been clear that those behind the scenes in SE25 are big fans of the forward.

His goal record, 63 in 208 appearances is not likely to make many of a red and blue persuasion sit up in their chairs but given his age, height and regular appearances in Serie A, I can see why Palace are keen to explore the possibility of bringing him into the fold. Whilst we now have Benteke, Sørloth and Wickham ready and waiting to go, Hodgson and co. are no doubt mindful of the fact that no one other than Luka Milivojevic managed to score 10 goals last term, leaving us with a need to secure a tad more firepower.

Plenty will rightly ask where the replacements for Cabaye and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are but with Roy having spoken openly about the club’s intention of utilising the loan market at a later point in the window, I can’t complain if the club are looking to bring Babacar in as a matter of urgency well in advance of the deadline.

Plenty will ask why Sassuolo would be open to selling a player they have only just bought but with a potential quick profit on their hands, the Italians may feel as though it makes perfect sense for them given what else is on offer and I certainly won’t be lambasting them for taking our money.

There is a feel of Groundhog Day about the whole thing but in 2018, it wouldn’t be a Palace transfer window if we weren’t linked with Babacar. He’s become the modern-day David Nugent.

HLTCO has no adverts, we cannot survive without your help.


  • terence carter July 18, 2018 - 6:48 am Reply

    at last some movement on a new player.i just ask this.parish and co.have known their budget for ages.why oh why have they left it so late to activate?

  • Coops July 18, 2018 - 7:01 am Reply

    Wow, another big lump centre forward, just what we need….not. This is not happening and if it does, more particularly ahead of a midfield signing, then I have completely lost faith in our transfer rationale.

  • Chip July 18, 2018 - 8:04 am Reply

    If Palace have targeted this player continuously over the last three years who is driving the deal from our end as we have quite a few different managers during that time

  • Rhys Jones July 18, 2018 - 9:07 am Reply

    Whilst I am sure he could offer us something, isnt anyone else a bit concerned that we’d have potentially 4 strikers on the books who, on paper at least, offer pretty much the same thing? Big target men with not a great deal of goals? Will we pick up Andy Carrol next????? lol

    I’d like to see a few new bodies prior to whatever happens in the last throws of the window, so why not him I guess? As long as no-one else leaves the club & we do get a couple of good loanees then it’s probably the best we can hope for given the lack of funds.

    Does anyone know why we got Erdal Rakip or if he’ll be coming back? And if Jaroslaw Jach is going to get any action?

  • Gordon July 18, 2018 - 10:48 am Reply

    Don’t think rakip will be back hodgson said he was skillfull but no better than we already had, jach played in the 1st pre season friendly in Sweden. He does look an apposing figure, hopefully he’ll get a chance. As for strikers I agree there all the same, we need a smaller fast striker to run of the big men up front. Similar to what we had in Gayle.

  • Leave a reply