Crystal Palace fans will be hopeful of keeping Wilfried Zaha at Selhurst Park past Thursday’s deadline.
The Ivorian was a key player as the Eagles avoided relegation against all the odds. Roy Hodgson replaced Frank de Boer with Palace rooted to the Premier League table but the former England manager managed to turn things around, and Zaha’s form was crucial. The ex-Manchester United winger reportedly wants to leave and has attracted interest from Chelsea, such was the impressive nature of his performances last year.
Palace have been busy in the transfer window so far, signing Cheikou Kouyate from West Ham as well as Vincente Guaita from Getafe. The Eagles also captured the signature of German playmaker Max Meyer on a free transfer, quite the coup. Hodgson wants a new forward and had targeted Liverpool’s Danny Ings, who would cost the club upwards of £20m.
Instead, a wise move to make would be for Red Bull Salzburg forward – Munas Dabbur. Valued at £11.25m by Transfermarkt, the Israeli forward was a key player during Salzburg’s title win last season. He netted an incredible 29 goals and picked up 11 assists in all competitions. He has already netted three times in two Austrian Bundesliga appearances this campaign, so would come in a fairly rich vein of form.
Adding goals to the side will be key if Palace are to avoid another relegation battle. Dabbur has shown he is capable of scoring goals at the highest level with five strikes in the Europa League last season. With Christian Benteke misfiring, Dabbur needs to be signed as soon as possible.
Still only 26-years-old, landing his services could be a masterstroke by Hodgson.
Crystal Palace fans, thoughts?