Crystal Palace are believed to be in the market for attacking reinforcements this summer, with the new campaign just around the corner.
The Eagles have been linked to several forwards in recent weeks as Patrick Vieira continues to overhaul his first-team squad, but a new potential transfer target has now emerged.
According to Bristol Live, Palace admire Bristol City winger Antoine Semenyo after one of their analysts identified the 21-year-old as one of the leading Championship talents in his position.
The report claims that a £5 million bid would be a realistic offer for the youngster in the current market, but it remains to be seen whether the capital club will follow up their interest with a formal offer.
Semenyo has been a highly-rated talent for many years now, with the Robins turning down bids of up to £2m from Premier League giants Chelsea in the 2019 January transfer window before he’d even made an appearance in the first-team.
With the versatile attacker now firmly established in the senior setup, City are unlikely to be forced into a sale. The Englishman has two years left on his contract, and an option for a further 12 months and has not declared any desire to depart Ashton Gate in the current window.
However, Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson has reportedly reiterated that he may have to offload some players before he can add any more reinforcements throughout the summer, meaning a potential exit could be on the cards.
After struggling for regular game time in 2019/20, Semenyo joined Sunderland on a short-term loan deal, impressing their former boss Phil Parkinson with his quick learning.
“What I like about Ant is that he has picked up the things we have worked with him on out there on the training pitch,” said Parkinson.
“He’s picked up what he needs to do to play in that system. We do our homework on people’s character, football intelligence, etc, but you never quite know until you work with them day-to-day.
“And Ant has been great to work with, he is making the runs we want him to make and getting into the areas where he can be dangerous,” he concluded.
Semenyo bagged five goals and provided seven assists in 50 appearances for Bristol last season, showcasing his versatility by playing on either flank and through the middle on numerous occasions.
With the departures of Andros Townsend and Michy Batshuayi, coupled with Eberechi Eze’s prolonged injury absence, Palace are in desperate need of extra options in the final third, and Semenyo could be the answer.
Vieira has targeted young, exciting acquisitions since his arrival and the Bristol ace certainly fits into the same category.
Therefore, chairman Steve Parish must swoop before the window shuts, supplying the French tactician with another promising talent to work with.