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Crystal Palace: Eagles to look to Europe for their next forward target in Wolfsburg’s Wout Weghorst

Crystal Palace: Eagles to look to Europe for their next forward target in Wolfsburg’s Wout Weghorst

Crystal Palace could be set to turn their heads to the Bundesliga in search for the next striker.

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According to reports from Calciomercato (via Sport Witness), the Eagles are wanting Wolfsburg forward Wout Weghorst.

The original source states that the Dutch forward is being ‘followed’ by Palace, but it fails to give any further details than that.

Weghorst reportedly offered the forward a new contract in the summer, and it seems to have motivated the attacker further as he has scored eight goals and made three assists this season.

With goals being a big problem at Crystal Palace this season – only scoring 10 times from their opening 11 matches – you can see why they would target someone with such an impressive goal record.

The 27-year-old joined the club last summer and has made a huge impression since joining. In 51 games for the club, he has provided 26 goals, as well as 10 assists.

Meanwhile, at Selhurst Park, the most amount of goals a conventional striker has scored in a season since the beginning of the 17/18 campaign was Michy Batshuayi on loan last season, who managed to score five times.

The options of Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew and Connor Wickham clearly isn’t enough to be satisfying Roy Hodgson, as in early October the manager said that they needed to reinforce if they are to seriously contend for the top 6.

He said to the Evening Standard: “If we are going to get close, we are going to have to make certain that we are not reliant on so few forwards and full-backs.

“That is something we will have to address in the January transfer window.”

This would be a good signing for Crystal Palace if they are able to pull it off given his goal record, though his value could prove a huge stumbling block.

Transfermarkt says the attacker is worth £22.5m, but in reality, it might cost the club more than that – especially if they target him in the January window.

His goal record is impressive enough in the Bundesliga – the third-highest rated league in Europe according to their UEFA coefficient ranking – to suggest that he would be able to score at a decent rate in the Premier League.

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