Crystal Palace are working hard to complete a handful of transfers before the deadline expires, but there is reason to believe that they should line up a bid for a player who has not yet been linked with a summer transfer to Selhurst Park just yet.
The abysmal performances of Christian Benteke last season were more than enough to suggest that something has to budge this summer, and a recent report from Read Liverpool suggests that the club are set to welcome a new striker.
According to the report, Danny Ings is set to join the Eagles in a deal worth £24 million, despite the fact he has spent the majority of his three seasons at Liverpool sidelined with an unfortunate succession of injuries.
Although it may take some time for Ings to return to full match-fitness, there’s no doubt that he posssesses the poachers instinct which was desperately missing from Palace’s attack last season, so it’s certainly a positive move for the club.
However, Palace should be in the market for another centre-forward before the window slams shut due to the extent of Benteke’s shortcomings last season.
With that in mind, Roy Hodgson should turn his attention towards a player who previously flopped in the Premier League with Middlesbrough, namely Cristhian Stuani.
Stuani played his trade with Boro for two seasons without making any great impact, although it must be considered that he was predominantly deployed in wide positions during his stint in English football, rather than through the middle.
And Boro were made to regret that decision last season as Girona’s decision to play him at the spearhead of their attack paid dividends: the Uruguay international notched an impressive 21 goals from just 33 appearances for the club, 10 of which were headers.
His commanding aerial presence is a quality which would encourage the likes of Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha to play dangerous crosses into the box on a regular basis with the knowledge that a quality goalscorer will be on hand to convert.
At 31-years-of-age Stuani is certainly not the wisest of long-term investments for the club, but his record last season speaks for itself so Palace would be foolish not to sign him this summer if they are able to accumulate funds from the sale of Benteke.
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