Palace Line Up Move For Everton Man In Cut-Price Deal

1 Posted by - January 8, 2019 - News

According to a report in the Evening Standard, Crystal Palace’s continuing search for a new striker could well lead them back to Everton frontman Oumar Niasse, with the limited funds available making it difficult for them to source anyone of standout quality in the January window. 

Whilst a deal for Dominic Solanke was thought to be on the verge of happening at the very start of 2019, concerns over the 21-year-old’s immediate fitness seemingly forced the Eagles to pull out of the move, leaving Bournemouth free to swoop in and take the former Chelsea man off Liverpool’s hands. It was a blow for our supporters at the time but one that many assumed meant we had plenty of other irons in the fire; frustratingly, this most recent update would suggest otherwise. 

With Niasse out of favour under Marco Silva’s guidance at Goodison Park, it’s a transfer that could well end up going through if there is a genuine willingness to get it done on Palace’s part but it’s hardly the sort of deal which guarantees Roy Hodgson the sort of goal return he’s been so badly craving since the start of the 2018/19 campaign. In the board’s defence, we do already have Christian Benteke, Connor Wickham, Alexander Sørloth and Jordan Ayew on the books, who despite failing to score many goals in the last 12 months, represent a significant financial outlay on the club’s part. 

Admittedly, there is real hope that Benteke, back from an operation on a knee which has been troubling him hugely for more than a year, may well be the link we’ve been missing all along but with his 17-goal debut season in red and blue now no longer fresh in the minds of supporters, the assumption from many is that we need to spend to be sure of adding goals to our game between now and May. 

Quite how much Palace would have to part with to take Niasse off the Toffees hands is up for debate but given the struggles he’s endured in the North West, you can’t imagine the asking price would be much more than £5 million. At that sort of mark is he worth a punt? I’ll leave you to decide. 

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  • Tom January 8, 2019 - 8:17 am Reply

    Quite simply .. NO

  • Holmesdale Monkey Nuts January 8, 2019 - 8:50 am Reply

    For Everton he has scored a goal for them every 161 minutes. We have Strikers who be lucky to score every 161 hours.

  • Mike Ward January 8, 2019 - 9:18 am Reply

    I also wonder what kind of an impact it has on a player when we’ve been in and out on him before and as far as I’m aware not exactly shown any sign that he would be our first choice. If we’d set out stall out that we think he is under-rated by Everton and could flourish at Palace etc etc he might come with a different attitude wanting to repay that faith.
    As it is, he may well come on the basis that ‘he’s the best option for the money we’ve got.’
    Not exactly motivational is it.

  • Holmesdale Monkey Nuts January 8, 2019 - 9:27 am Reply

    He scored 8 goals in 22 games last season that’s a pretty good ratio and we went for a young fella at Liverpool who turned out to be injured. We don’t seem to have much cash to splash and we nearly signed him before.

  • Tony Jones January 8, 2019 - 10:04 am Reply

    No! No! No! Why would you want to repeat the huge mistake of returning to Merseyside to buy a lazy third/fourth choice striker on the grounds that he used to be good. Speak to Everton supporters. Let’s not forget too his dive for a penalty last season at Selhurst.

  • Geone January 8, 2019 - 10:08 am Reply

    He scored 8 goals last Season our top scorer Luka has 6!! folks don’t be silly we need a goal scorer this is a no brainer I will take Niasse right now no question asked, simply we are not in the position to turn our nose at a decent offer! Our past record for landing strikers we want, ain’t exactly great so by you saying NO!! means you take a gamble on a relegation fight plain & simple we DON’T have a pool of options as it is to choose from Solanke has gone!

  • Sharpy January 8, 2019 - 11:01 am Reply

    Would get the thumbs up from me. At anything under 10 M it’s a no brainier

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh January 8, 2019 - 6:38 pm Reply

    If it’s anything over 10m I’d want a loan to buy for him to prove fitness and value.

    Either way he has a decent goals record and is probably the most proven player available in the bargain bin.

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