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Southampton should hijack Crystal Palace’s move for Babacar

Southampton should hijack Crystal Palace’s move for Babacar

Thanks to the additions of Jannik Vestergaard, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong, Southampton are having a solid transfer window.

However, there is still some work to be done with a striker – minimum – still needed to be brought in.

Up front is a concern for manager Mark Hughes with his current centre-forwards going through regular goal droughts or not being able to stay fit.

With that in mind, Southampton should attempt to hijack Crystal Palace’s move for Sassuolo No.9 Khouma Babacar, who is valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt.

The Daily Mirror reports that despite Sassuolo having just signed Babacar permanently from Fiorentina after a loan spell, the Serie A side are open to cashing in on the Senegal international for a profit with Crystal Palace leading the race for his signature.

Crystal Palace, too, have their own problems up front with Christian Benteke having endured a terrible season in front of goal.

Southampton, though, must put themselves at the front of the queue ahead of their Premier League rivals for Babacar.

Babacar’s loan spell with Sassuolo was not as successful as he would have liked, but at Fiorentina he led the line well with his best Serie A campaign coming in the 2016/17 season where he was able to register on 10 occasions.

At 6’3″, Babacar’s game is based on power and strength, making him a good fit for the Premier League.

But the 25-year-old is also good with his feet and can be more than just a target man.

The reported price tag Sassuolo have slapped on Babacar is £12m, which would be a bargain for either one of Crystal Palace or Southampton.

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