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Crystal Palace must move for Alexandre Lacazette

Crystal Palace must move for wantaway Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette over the winter window, providing new manager Patrick Vieira with some genuine strength in depth.

What’s the story?

The 30-year-old is out of contract at the Emirates Stadium next summer and is already attracting interest from several potential suitors in the Premier League and overseas.

It was recently reported by 90min that Lacazette is set for an imminent exit from north London, with neither the player nor the club keen to reach an agreement.

The report stated that: “90min understands that talks between the Gunners and the player’s representatives have taken place, but there has been no offer of a new contract. What’s more, neither club nor player appear keen to try and reach an agreement, leading to a parting of ways.”

Since that initial link, it’s become increasingly apparent why Eagles chairman Steve Parish could do with signing a player of his talents.

Should Palace sign Lacazette?

Yes, definitely!

Yes, definitely!

No way!

No way!

Vieira needs him

Vieira oversaw a successful squad rebuild during his first few months at the Palace helm as several exciting young acquisitions replaced multiple experienced campaigners.

And although it’s been a promising start to life at Selhurst Park for the Frenchman, there are still some obvious gaps within his first-team squad.

While a more attack-minded right-back and a natural right winger may take priority for Vieira over the next few months, the opportunity to snap up a proven Premier League goalscorer may be too good of an opening to turn down.

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After bagging a remarkable 129 goals and providing a further 43 assists in just 275 appearances for boyhood club Lyon, helping them win the French Cup along the way, the versatile forward earned himself a £46.5m move to Arsenal back in July 2017.

During his four-year stay with the Gunners, Lacazette has continued to find the back of the net on a regular basis, scoring 68 goals and laying on a further 29 assists in 175 outings in all competitions, claiming one FA Cup crown during his time on English shores.

Former Arsenal Arsene Wenger previously lauded the £19.8m-rated attacker for having the knack of being in the right place at the right time, saying: “Scoring goals is about being in the right place, and Lacazette has that quality.”

That’s an attribute that Vieira certainly needs in his squad.

And, in other news…Journalist drops worrying claim over £40m-rated Palace dynamo, fans will be concerned 

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