Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for RB Leipzig forward Ademola Lookman as Patrick Vieira continues to rebuild the first team squad at Selhurst Park.
According to The Athletic, Palace are interested in acquiring the 23-year-old’s services this summer following an impressive loan spell at Fulham in 2020/21.
The report claims that the Eagles have held “persistent interest” in Lookman, and they could now look to make a move for the striker over the coming months.
With several experienced first team players departing the capital club last month, Vieira is expected to oversee a number of new signings ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Former Reading ace Michael Olise was the first purchase of the summer, while Chelsea’s highly-rated young centre-back Marc Guehi is set to follow shortly.
Although he was unable to prevent Fulham from suffering relegation last season, the former England under-21 international still caught the eye with a string of impressive performances. In 34 top-flight appearances for the Cottagers, Lookman bagged four goals and provided a further four assists for his teammates, drawing praise from his manager Scott Parker.
“You can see the quality the boy’s got. We knew that at the start of the window when he was the main one I wanted in – the main one I was calling for,” Parker revealed.
“I think you can see in a short space of time – at Brentford the other night and now here today – that the boy’s got unbelievable quality. He’s a big plus for us this year, and he’s going to be a big help for us. Hopefully, he can keep playing the way he is.”
He would be an exciting addition to Palace’s revolution under Vieira, and the south London outfit could provide Lookman with the perfect platform to finally settle and showcase his ability on a consistent basis.
Eagles chairman Steve Parish must sanction a swoop for the youngster, helping to form one of the top flight’s most intriguing forward lines as a result.