Crystal Palace are considering making an offer for Red Bull Salzburg forward Hee-chan Hwang, reports suggest.
The Daily Mail reports that Hwang has caught the eye of many teams across Europe, including Premier League rivals Arsenal.
Hwang’s current deal ends in Austria at the end of next season, meaning that he may be able to leave in the summer to avoid him leaving on a free contract.
The 23-year-old has had a great start to the season, playing 11 games for the club, scoring seven and assisting 10, as per Transfermarkt.
There’s no doubt that Crystal Palace need more firepower up front, so there’s no surprise to the club being linked with forwards.
Even though Palace sit sixth in the Premier League, they have only mustered eight goals in their eight matches, showing that there are definitely more goals to be had for Palace.
While Hee-chan Hwang looks a good talent at just 23, it might not be exactly what Palace are after at this stage of the season, and could perhaps do with someone who is more likely to guarantee the side goals.
With the Daily Mail’s story saying that Hwang can play all across the frontline, he may be able to add depth to Palace’s options, however, he is not necessarily the solution to their centre-forward problem.
Jordan Ayew – who signed for the club from Swansea in the summer – has had a great start to the season and is the current top scorer with three, however, with him featuring just 20 times in the Premier League last season for Palace, Hodgson may feel there are better options out there.
Elsewhere, Christian Benteke has been massively out of form, with Hodgson no longer able to trust the forward, it seems. He has not started a game since the second game of the season away at Sheffield United.
And the only other option is Connor Wickham, who has barely featured regularly in the past few seasons due to injuries. Since joining the club in the summer of 2015, he has only managed to register 45 appearances, scoring 10 goals, signalling that he is hardly a first-team option for Hodgson in his current state.
While Hwang looks a good talent, his stats are not convincing enough to think that this would be the solution for Palace.
The South Korean spent last season on loan at Hamburg in the Bundesliga 2, and could only manage two goals in 21 appearances, showing that he might not be ready for the Premier League.
Furthermore, with Palace allegedly interested in Michy Batshuayi, then that seems a much more reliable transfer for the club, even if he is more expensive.
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