It’s likely that you’ve never heard the name Munas Dabbur before, I’ll readily admit, despite being obsessed with football that I hadn’t until this morning either but according to a report in Estadio Deportivo, Crystal Palace are “very close” to signing him.
The 26-year-old Israeli-born striker is currently on the books of Red Bull Salzburg and has hit something of a rich vein of form over the last year or so, seemingly attracting the attention of Palace’s scouts ahead of Thursday’s looming transfer deadline. According to the ever useful Wikipedia, the frontman bagged a mightily impressive 29 goals in 52 appearances for the Austrian outfit last term and kicked off this season with a brace in Salzburg’s 3-1 triumph over LASK last weekend.
Whilst it would be foolish to assume that the club have unearthed a genuine diamond in the rough, it’s silly to write off a return like that without at least looking a little deeper into his career-to-date first. Having started his professional career with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Dabbur moved to Swiss side Grasshopper in early 2014, performing well in his three-and-a-half years with them before making the switch to Salzburg, where he remains to this day.
A return on 112 goals in 272 professional appearances is certainly not to be sniffed at, with his most recent full season proving to be undoubtedly his most fruitful to date. It’s easy to assume we could take a player like him away from Austria with relatively little fuss if we were so inclined but for now, this story still feels a little out of left-field.
The reason for Estadio Deportivo’s apparent insider knowledge over this potential deal stems from the fact that Dabbur was “offered” to both Sevilla and Real Betis recently, only for them to shy away from any agreement, leaving the path clear for the Eagles, who are known to be scouring the market for a striker, to make their move.
As of yet, there has been no word in Austria or England over this possible switch but with just a couple of days to go until the deadline, I felt as though it was worth bringing to your attention, just in case.