After pulling out of a deal for Dominic Solanke, Crystal Palace have been forced to turn their attention elsewhere as they look to bolster their forward options.
And one name the south London club are now said to be looking at is Solanke’s former team-mate at Chelsea, Tammy Abraham.
According to the Daily Mirror, Abraham, who recently turned down a loan move to Wolves in favour of staying at Aston Villa, is now a target for Crystal Palace with Roy Hodgson looking to bring the 21-year-old in on a short-term basis from Chelsea.
£9m-rated (Transfermarkt) Abraham has been in brilliant form this season, topping the Championship goal-scoring charts after finding the back of the net on 16 occasions.
The England international’s record in English football’s top flight, however, makes for significantly worse reading following a difficult spell at Swansea City last season.
The goal-scoring potential, though, is definitely there for Abraham to succeed at the top level. And at a Premier League outfit such as Crystal Palace who have much better players than what Swansea had, it should be able to be unlocked.
The likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, who can both be menaces in attack, could provide Abraham with the space to score goals as they draw the attention of opposition defenders.
With all of that in mind, acquiring Abraham this month could end up being a very smart piece of business done by Crystal Palace.