Just a few days ago, Crystal Palace looked to have all but finalised a move for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke but in the time that has passed since their 1-0 loss at home to Chelsea, it seems as though the Eagles have had a change of heart.
Having initially made quite a splash when swapping Stamford Bridge for Anfield at the start of the 2017/18 season, Dom has found himself completely out of the first-team picture under Jurgen Klopp this term, leading both he and the Reds’ hierarchy to search for a suitable short-term alternative in a bid to pick up some much needed match sharpness.
Palace deliberated long & hard over this, aware Solanke could have proved fitness + been a success (and might elsewhere). But #CPFC need a striker ready to play now, which Solanke isn’t as still recovering from injury, has had previous fitness issues & #LFC loan fee is sizeable https://t.co/ALhrRwKZgm
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 2, 2019
At first glance, Palace felt like the ideal destination for the 21-year-old but as the tweet from David Ornstein attached above explains, concerns over the frontman’s immediate readiness for action eventually led the club to put the brakes on a deal, as they begin to scour the market for a quicker fix.
There is every chance that Solanke would have come into the Palace side in a few weeks and proved to be a big success but for Roy Hodgson, the need for a goal-scoring threat is a pressing one; a fact which will prompt those working behind the scenes to seek out a striker who is ready and raring to go as soon as the ink on their contract is dry.
With the whole of January still to go I’m certain that Solanke will find an alternative to Palace, indeed Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have been credited with a major interest in him but having come so close to signing on the dotted line at Selhurst Park, I dare say the England U21 star is feeling a tad frustrated this morning.
Some things just aren’t meant to be.