It’s no secret that Crystal Palace are desperate to sign some strikers, with boss Alan Pardew surely terrified about going into the Premier League campaign with only Frazier Campbell, Connor Wickham and Bakary Sako in his forward ranks.
They’ve been linked with three today: one for big money, one on loan and one free agent. Do they measure up?
Christian Benteke – Linked with £32m move from Liverpool
The Liverpool misfit’s Selhurst Park switch is back on according to the Guardian, with the Eagles meeting the Reds halfway by coming up with the £32m valuation, some of which will be made up of add-ons.
Whether the buy is good business will depend on the Belgian’s fitness, with 18 games missed due to injury during the 25-year-old’s last two terms at Aston Villa, and 13 during his only campaign so far on Merseyside.
That being said, Benteke boasts a mean record of 51 goals in 118 Premier League appearances, so could prove a bargain.
Oumar Niasse – Linked with loan move from Everton
Palace winger Yannick Bolasie is being lined up by the Toffees, leaving the Eagles in pole position to land this Senegalese striker, also wanted by Hull, West Brom and Sunderland.
Whether Pardew really wants him after Niasse’s odd cameo at Everton in the second half of last season, with former boss Roberto Martinez seemingly losing faith shortly after signing the striker for £13.5m, is another matter.
The 26-year-old was so expensive in the first place due to his scoring more than a goal every other game for Lokomotiv Moscow in 2015/16, plus ten assists, having landed the Russian Premier League Player of the Year award the season before.
After his tricky four-month Premier League initiation, the eight-cap Lions of Teranga man will be a man to watch this season, wherever he goes.
Hal Robson-Kanu – Free agent
Prior to this 27-year-old’s game-changing goals for Wales en route to experiencing none other than a Euro 2016 semi-final, there’s not a lot to write home about Robson-Kanu.
A promising tally of seven Premier League goals from 25 appearances for Reading, just 13 of them starts, in his only top-flight season three years ago has been followed up with a dreadful haul of just eight in 93 Championship matches.
On the plus side, he’s free and a case can be made that Robson-Kanu is a striker in the form of his life, while others will point to the likes of former Northern Ireland striker David Healey as an example of international form not necessarily converting to club.
That being said, if his wages aren’t too expensive, why not?