Crystal Palace

Finally some respite for Palace fans as encouraging reports emerge

Crystal Palace fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern during the international break such has been the Eagles’ horrendous start to the season.

Roy Hodgson’s men have lost all seven of their Premier League games and have failed to score in any of them, leaving them firmly rooted to the bottom of the division and facing a huge battle to preserve their top-flight status.

They will hope to record that elusive first victory when champions Chelsea visit Selhurst Park on Saturday, but there may finally be some respite for our suffering resident Palace fans if a recent report from The Sun is anything to go by.

And that’s because they report that the London-based outfit are lining up a January move for Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper.

The 29-year-old moved to Hillsborough back in 2016 after a decent loan spell there the season before, and has since gone from strength to strength under manager Carlos Carvalhal.

The former Celtic forward bagged six goals for the Owls in their run to the Championship play-off semi-finals last term, but this season he has already eclipsed that tally with seven goals in 11 games for the club, in turn helping them to four wins and 11th place in the table.

And it appears that the Englishman has caught the eye of those in the league above as well, as reports suggest that Palace, alongside Brighton and West Brom, are considering a January move for the in-form striker, with the trio all in need of reinforcements to bolster their striking ranks.

But whether any of the three are able to get a deal done for the 29-year-old very much remains to be seen.

Landlord’s verdict: Gary Hooper was extremely prolific when on the books at Celtic, and he has shown similar form for Sheffield Wednesday in recent times.

The 29-year-old has scored seven goals in his last seven games for Carlos Carvalhal’s men to again underline his prowess in front of goal, and it’s prowess that Roy Hodgson could seriously do with at Crystal Palace.

The Eagles have yet to score in the Premier League so far and have Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham on the sidelines, which already leaves them with in a massive battle to stay up in the top-flight this season.

However, a move for Hooper would certainly go some way to bolstering those ranks, but whether the Englishman would be persuaded by a move to Selhurst Park may well depend on where Palace are in the league come the New Year.

Palace fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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