Patrick Vieira is keen to add more depth to his Crystal Palace squad, according to The Athletic’s Matt Woosnam.
The Eagles are one of six Premier League clubs – along with Burnley, Chelsea, Leeds, Liverpool and West Ham – who have yet to do any first-team transfer business, either in or out, this month.
However, they did have a busy summer window, bringing in eight new faces and spending just over £66m.
Midway through Vieira’s first season at the helm, Palace are sitting comfortably in mid-table. Their 12-point gap to 18th place suggests that there’s no danger of relegation this term.
Woosnam tweeted on Tuesday morning that Vieira wanted more options at his disposal, but cautioned that Palace may not do business this month unless Jean-Philippe Mateta leaves the club.
His tweet read: “CPFC‘s business in the market this month largely depends on Jean-Philippe Mateta’s future – where uncertainty lies. But Vieira is keen to add more depth still.”
In an attached ‘Sensible Transfers’ article for The Athletic, he wrote that Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah is the ‘most likely’ January arrival. Palace have been interested in the 22-year-old since last summer, and ‘it may be in Arsenal’s interest to sell’ as the player nears the end of his contract in June.
It seems that the idea would be to bring in Nketiah as a replacement for Mateta, ensuring that Palace don’t end the transfer window with fewer centre-forward options than when they started.
The former would arguably represent an upgrade – he’s scoring every 90.4 minutes at Arsenal this season, while the latter has only managed to find the net three times since he arrived in south London a year ago.
As an indication of Mateta’s failure to live up to expectations, his loan from Mainz included a €15m (£12.5m) obligation to buy if he made 19 starts for Palace – up to this point, he has made just four.
If the Frenchman does leave Selhurst Park this month, it certainly seems wise to try and fill his berth with the signing of Nketiah.
In other news, could this be another forward option for Vieira?
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