Crystal Palace are still working to bring further additions to Selhurst Park prior to the closure of the summer transfer window.
In recent comments cited by Football.London, Patrick Vieira revealed that he and his transfer team have identified that the Eagles are lacking a prolific centre-forward, and are working on completing a deal for a player in the position prior to Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
When asked whether he was planning on bringing a new striker in this summer, the Frenchman said: “Yeah, this is something that we identified a couple of weeks ago, we knew that it would be important for us to reinforce that department, to have more options. The window is still open, and we’re trying to improve that department, and anything can happen.”
While Palace did manage to score their first two Premier League goals of the season in the 2-2 draw with West Ham United on Saturday, rather than Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew or Wilfried Zaha finding the back of the net in the fixture, it was on loan Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher who finished the match with a brace.
Indeed, considering the fact that none of the Eagles forwards have mustered a single goal between them over the club’s three league fixtures thus far, it would indeed appear as if Vieira is in need of a fresh face in the position prior to the closure of the summer transfer window.
As such, the Frenchman’s latest comments are sure to come as music to the ears of Palace fans, as, following an impressive result at the London Stadium, the addition of a proven goalscorer before Tuesday could well prove to kickstart their club’s season, having been disappointing over their opening two fixtures of the campaign against Chelsea and Brentford.
However, should Vieira fail in his task to bring in a new striker over the coming days, it could well turn into a long season for both the 45-year-old manager and fans alike.