The last 24 hours have seen Crystal Palace pull the plug on a loan deal for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke but with Roy Hodgson having admitted that the Eagles are still in the market for a new frontman, one or two places are now linking us with moves for Chelsea pair Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham.
Those behind the scenes at Selhurst Park have history with Batshuayi having placed a bid to sign him from Marseille just before the Belgian joined the Blues in the summer of 2016. At the time, there were suggestions that Palace had only sanctioned the offer to get the ball rolling on negotiations as a favour to the French outfit given our ongoing attempts to land their keeper Steve Mandanda but with a huge amount of water having gone under the bridge since then, both Palace and Batshuayi find themselves at a place where a link-up may make a great deal of sense.
Having flourished whilst on loan at Borussia Dortmund last season, Michy isn’t having anywhere near as much luck with Valencia this term. Since making the switch to Spain, he’s scored just three goals in 21 appearances but with less than 1,000 minutes of football under his belt in their colours, it’s fair to say that he’s not being given that much of a chance to shine. Could a move back to England this January reignite his fire and simultaneously lift Palace away from the threat of relegation? It seems highly feasible to me.
The other name being thrown around is that of Tammy Abraham, a player who, after a huge amount of speculation, was said yesterday to be on his way to Wolves permanently for a reported fee of £18 million. Having performed superbly on loan at Aston Villa since August, numerous Premier League clubs were said to be interested in securing his services with Palace amongst the bunch but right now, it looks as though we may have to accept defeat in that particular pursuit.
As frustrating as the breakdown in Solanke’s deal was, it’s good to see that the club are getting to work nice and early in their efforts to address the lack of goal-scorers currently at Roy Hodgson’s disposal. Hopefully we’ll hear some positive official news on one or two of the supposed targets before too long.