Having signed a goalkeeper in five out of the last six summer transfer windows, Crystal Palace could be set to repeat that trend once again in 2021.
According to Turkish outlet Takvim, the Eagles have been scouting Fenerbahce goalkeeper Altay Bayindir ahead of a potential move.
Steve Parish must make sure that Palace secure the stopper.
Whilst Vicente Guaita is the Eagles’ indisputable No.1 at Selhurst Park at the current time, the Spaniard is now at the age of 34, with the likes of Wayne Hennessey and Stephen Henderson both also over 30.
Jack Butland is also seemingly not a viable option having made just one appearance for Palace this season so Bayindir could be the perfect successor to Guaita.
The 22-year-old, who is rated at £12.5m, is enjoying an impressive season in the SuperLig with Fener. He has made 34 appearances for the Istanbul outfit in all competitions and has been a key reason behind the team keeping 12 clean sheets.
As a matter of fact, he has also been praised by former Arsenal man Mesut Ozil, who thanked the young Turk for a brilliant performance on his debut for the club.
Intriguingly, whilst 12 years Guaita’s junior, Bayindir is outperforming the Spaniard this season.
Meanwhile, Bayindir also has a very impressive save percentage. Whilst Guaita has produced more saves per game – 3.1 to 2.6 – that is surely a natural statistic considering that Fenerbahce are towards the top of their respective league whilst Palace find themselves firmly marooned in mid-table.
Bayindir saves 73% of the shots he faces, whilst Guaita can only prevent 65% of the shots he faces finding the back of the net.
Considering those performances then and his immense potential, he is a stopper that Palace simply must secure.