Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace keen on African forward as Hodgson looks to ensure Premier League survival – Report

Crystal Palace fans may have feared the worse prior to the arrival of former England boss Roy Hodgson, with the Eagles stuck firmly to the bottom of the Premier League table.

However the experienced manager has completely turned things around at Selhurst Park, and an excellent run of form has seen the side that appeared destined for relegation pull two points clear of the bottom three in recent weeks. Fans here at The Transfer Tavern are well aware that their side are not out of the woods yet however, and will hope that Hodgson will have enough magic left over to sprinkle on the January transfer window.

It appears there may be a little left in the sack, with The Daily Mail reporting today that the Eagles are lining up a bid for Everton striker, Oumar Niasse, with Hodgson identifying the Senegalese striker as a top winter target. Niasse has impressed at Everton this season, but following the arrival of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas, Niasse has been deemed surplus to requirements according to reports. The striker is also said to be attracting attention from Brighton and West Bromwich Albion.

Landlord’s Verdict: Niasse is underrated at Everton, and has performed well in the first half of the season for the Toffees. The forward has five goals and an assist in only five starts this year, and Hodgson would pick up a solid enough player for what would surely be a bargain price this winter.

The 27-year-old is a pacy option who would add depth and quality to the frontline at Selhurst Park, and provide some much needed competition to record-signing Christiansen Benteke in the coming months. Pull this one off, and Hodgson could have a real gem on his hands.

Palace fans, would you be happy to see Niasse sign this month? Let us know!

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