Crystal Palace are known to be keen on bolstering their attacking options during the January transfer window and are now being linked with a move for 24-year-old Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen.
The Dutchman joined Spurs in the summer of 2016 for a fee believed to be around £17 million but struggled to ever make much of an impact in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team. After scoring just six goals in 38 appearances throughout the 2016-17 campaign, he was sent on loan to Turkish side Fenerbahce but after returning to north London, Vincent has been told that he has little to no future with Tottenham.
There is thought to be genuine interest in him from Burnley as well as one or two Chinese clubs but according to The Sun (take it with a pinch of salt) Vincent himself is hoping either Palace or West Ham make a late play for his services, as he plots his way out of an obvious dead-end under Pochettino.
Janssen scored a stunning 31 goals in 49 appearances for AZ in the 2015-16 season to earn his move to Spurs and has managed a goal and two assists in two Premier League Two fixtures over recent weeks, hinting that a talented and still young player is there for a new club to shape but until he gets another chance to impress at first-team level, he’ll be stuck with the tag of a Tottenham flop.
Perhaps a loan with an option to buy would be a path Palace could take up? Whilst money is known to be tight in SE25 at present, that flexibility would give Vincent the chance to wipe the slate clean whilst not tying the Eagles to a huge financial risk. Should he prove to be a hit, Tottenham could be sure of Hodgson and co. stumping up in the summer and everyone would walk away relatively happy.
That’s far too straightforward a plan isn’t it?