Crystal Palace’s 2-1 defeat to Bristol City in the Capital One Cup second round further convinced Ian Holloway that a shopping spree is needed if he wants to stay in the Premier League this season.
The vocal boss fielded a much-changed side for the trip to Ashton Gate only to watch the League One outfit humiliate his second-string with an Owen Garvan consolation barely sparing Eagle blushes.
It’s the exact situation that Harry Redknapp found himself in at the end of the last window as his QPR reserves crashed out of the FA Cup 2-4 to MK Dons. Redknapp responded by bringing in Jermaine Jenas and Christopher Samba to try and add some vigour to the squad, but those deals weren’t enough to save Rangers.
With Rangers bad boy Joey Barton already declining rumours linking him with Palace via Twitter, the Eagles’ price of 3/10 to go down looks increasingly nailed on.
But that won’t stop Holloway from trying to bolster his charges and, having spoken openly about his desire for another winger after the Bristol City defeat, looks set to snap up 33-year-old Benayoun – who is without a club following his June release from Chelsea.
A seasoned Premier League veteran and adept ball carrier, Benayoun would provide the perfect answer to Holloway’s wing worries at Selhurst Park and his experience playing for Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal at the top end of the division will be a welcome boost for the London strugglers.
As Israel captain, with 94 caps to find space for in his house, the ex-West Ham man will also provide a great deal of leadership to a squad that are yet to win a match in the 2013/14 campaign.
With the free agent pool Holloway’s clear preference to dive into, William Gallas has also been contacted over a potential move to join the best cheerleaders in the Premier League. The Frenchman is looking for a new defence to marshal after being released by Tottenham this summer.