Premier League Winner Given Green Light To Join Palace This Summer

2 Posted by - April 17, 2019 - News

Crystal Palace were said to be interested in securing a deal for Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki back in January and now it seems as though they may be given a second bite of the cherry over the summer.

The 32-year-old has been on the books at The King Power Stadium since joining from German outfit Mainz in 2015, winning a Premier League title with the Foxes in May of 2016 but with new boss Brendan Rogers keen to shake things up at the club and the Japan international having fallen down the pecking order, it looks as though he’ll be given the green light to move on when his current deal comes to an end at the climax of the 2018/19 season.

A veteran of the Japanese national team, Okazaki is apparently desperate to take part in the 2022 World Cup as a farewell to his nation; a motivation which will likely see him move on from the Midlands in search of regular football at the highest possible level as soon as he can. If, as previously reported, Palace’s interest in January was genuine, we could well find them putting an offer in front of the frontman’s representatives in the hope of utilising his last few years as a competent Premier League squad member.

It flies in the face of our apparent brief to bring both the average age of the squad and wage bill lower but knowing Palace, it’s exactly the sort of deal we’ll see announced over the next few months.

Watch this space.

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7 Comments

  • tzcar April 17, 2019 - 6:51 am Reply

    oh i hope your wrong.we need younger,hungry blood,this bloke ain,t any of those.

  • Mike Ward April 17, 2019 - 7:04 am Reply

    I agree with tzcar.
    This one doesn’t fill me with excitement.
    He’s hardly a big target man, is on the wrong side of 30 and wouldn’t be cheap.
    If nothing else we’ve seen the impact Benteke has as a target man, giving us a way to ease some of the pressure at the back by having an outlet to hold the ball up front, however briefly.

  • Ben April 17, 2019 - 7:06 am Reply

    We don’t always agree tzcar, but on this occasion I’m 100% with you.

  • Sharpy April 17, 2019 - 7:56 am Reply

    Nooooooooo

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh April 17, 2019 - 8:01 am Reply

    One thing we don’t need is an old striker who plays in the style of Dirk Kuyt. Good player in his day but would much rather sign Che Adams or Tammy Abraham from the Championship.

  • D Paul April 17, 2019 - 7:50 pm Reply

    So, what’s the status of Connor Wickham? He looked good in the FA Cup. Where has he gone? I see pictures of him in training. Roy won’t even suit him up among the 7 allowed substitutes.

  • Richard Down April 20, 2019 - 5:57 pm Reply

    One way or another, at 32 he is about to be a leicester discard. Is that really what we need or should aspire to. Nothing about this idea appeals to me

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