Crystal Palace are keen on signing QPR midfielder Joey Barton.
Manager Ian Holloway is looking to add some much needed Premier League smarts to a side that have lost their first two games.
Palace are the 3/10 favourites to be relegated back to the Championship.
From the way the market is shaped, it’s obvious that punters have not been impressed with what they’ve seen so far from Holloway’s limited side.
The Eagles kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 home defeat against Tottenham and then let slip a one goal lead at Stoke.
After scoring through Marouane Chamakh, Palace soon squandered their advantage and lost 2-1 courtesy of two second half goals from Mark Hughes’ men.
It was clear that Palace were lacking in quality and someone with the leadership skills to drag them to victory.
Both of Stoke’s goals were sloppy from a defensive point of view, but the addition of Barton, who would cost Palace £3m, would bolster their ability to hold onto a lead.
Holloway has struggled in the transfer market, with players turning their noses up at joining the former Blackpool boss’s revolution.
Former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent was pencilled in for a medical at Selhurst Park, but failed to show and decided to move to Fulham instead while the additions of Moroccan misfit Chamakh, Dwight Gayle and Florian Marange have hardly set pulses racing in south London.
Barton has made an impressive start to the campaign at recently relegated QPR, who are unbeaten in all competitions as they look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Manager Harry Redknapp has surprisingly called the controversial midfielder “not a minute’s problem” after deciding to involve him in the squad following his return from a one-year loan deal at Marseilles.
With or without Barton, though, Palace look woefully short of Premier League quality and will be relegated with a whimper.