Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for Orlando City striker Daryl Dike as new manager Patrick Vieira looks to add further reinforcements to his forward line.
According to reliable journalist Alan Nixon, the Eagles are keen to secure the 21-year-old’s services, with a possible move coming in the winter transfer window.
After a Palace fan had asked whether Odsonne Edouard’s arrival at Selhurst Park had ended the club’s interest in the American forward, Nixon replied: “Dike very much on the radar. But was always more likely to be a January job.”
The youngster has gone from strength to strength since arriving at Orlando back in January 2020, scoring 11 goals and providing four assists in just 28 appearances for Oscar Pareja’s charges.
Dike’s impressive exploits in the MLS earned him a loan move to Championship outfit Barnsley halfway through last term, and the USA international made the step up in class look easy. In 22 outings for the Tykes, the 6 foot 1 colossus bagged nine goals, playing a pivotal part as the Yorkshire outfit reached the play-offs.
His outstanding performances at Oakwell have led to Dike being linked with a return to English football, and Selhurst Park appears to be a likely destination, despite Vieira already adding strength in depth in the final third.
Former Celtic hitman Edouard arrived on transfer deadline day in a deal worth up to £18.5m, but Palace’s French tactician evidently feels that his first team squad is lacking sufficient firepower. After the south London club only found the back of the net twice in their first four fixtures under Vieira, it’s easy to understand why another striker is reportedly on his wish list.
Dike has developed a reputation for being a deadly finisher, both with his feet and head, in his short professional career, and his class in front of goal is certainly something that Palace fans would likely welcome at Selhurst Park.
It remains to be seen whether the club’s hierarchy make a move for the highly-rated gem in January, but his arrival could prove to be a significant coup for the Eagles if they pull it off.