Palace look to be closing in on Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard, with Sky Sports reporting a deal worth £15-20m is close to being agreed.
Prior, the south London club had been heavily linked with Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah.
According to The Athletic, Palace were hoping to conclude a £10m deal with Arsenal for the 22-year-old. However, with the Gunners wanting significantly more, they decided to turn to Edouard.
A lot could still happen before the 11pm deadline, but Bridge fully expects the Eagles to swoop in and bag at least one No.9.
“I’m going to stick my head on the line and say I think they’ll sign a striker,” the Sky Sports reporter said to FFC. “I’ll go out and say they’ll bring a striker in.”
That has to be the priority for Palace today. While Christian Benteke did manage to reach double figures in the Premier League last season, his overall record in front of goal at Palace has not been great.
And even if it had been, you get the feeling that Patrick Vieira would have still needed another centre-forward anyway, with the Frenchman not currently blessed with too many other options.