Earlier in the season, the Crystal Palace fans here in the Transfer Tavern were in despair. They were sitting rock bottom of the Premier League and Christian Benteke suffered an injury. With Connor Wickham also out, that meant that the Eagles faced a number of weeks without a central striker.
We are sure that Roy Hodgson will want to avoid a repeat of this situation and he will therefore probably look for a striker in the January window. They need someone to share the burden of goals with Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke, but they do not necessarily need to splash big on a week in, week out starter.
Diafra Sakho would, therefore, be a perfect option for Crystal Palace. West Ham are ready to sell him and he is someone who knows where the net is in the Premier League.
Sakho, who is rated at £7.2m on Transfermarkt, is out of the picture in east London. So, surely they are likely to compromise on this figure and accept something closer to £10m – which is about par for the course for a striker of his standard in January.
Admittedly, he has had his problems at West Ham, too. He has tried to force a move away more than once and his behavioural problems are a cause for concern. But for a short term solution and a back-up option to Benteke, the Senegal international would be a top option.
As well as being able to play as a centre-forward, Sakho can also operate on the wings. He might not be the first name on Hodgson’s team sheet but he is a terrific option to have in reserve.