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Crystal Palace looking to replace Christian Benteke with Bamba Dieng

Crystal Palace are one of several Premier League clubs after a striker from a European club…

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According to the Daily Mail, the Eagles have been scouting Olympique de Marseille forward Bamba Dieng.

However, they will have to battle it out with the likes of Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United, Leeds United and Celtic, who have all shown an interest in the attacker.

He may cost around £15m to prise away from France.

Better than Benteke?

Patrick Vieira will be keen to bolster his striking options after the departure of Christian Benteke.

Admittedly, Palace fans will probably be glad to see the back of the hulking Belgian who has underwhelmed following his £27m move from Liverpool in 2016.

Just 37 goals across 177 appearances during this spell, his Eagles career will likely be remembered for his numerous injuries and lack of proficiency in front of goal.

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However, to replace him with this player dubbed a “serious talent” by reporter Graeme Bailey, who bagged seven times and assisted a further three last season for his side would be an incredible upgrade and a fine piece of business. After all, Benteke could only find the net on four occasions last term, demonstrating that he’s lost that golden touch inside the box.

At just 22 years old, the poacher will not be overbearing in his desire to force himself into the starting team, yet he will have the perfect amount of ambition to push those already at the club.

Having also missed nine big chances, which his youth and naivety will have played a big part in, it is clear that he is getting into the right areas. The finishing can always be taught, but that killer instinct to be in the right spot is pure instinct.

This can be further compounded by his total shots per 90, where he ranks in the top 2%, a stat Benteke ranks unfavourably in comparison, sitting in the top 21%. Defenders and goalkeepers must always be wary, as he poses an insistent threat that will surely create even more space for the trickier players around him.

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Their exciting young talents would also thrive off his link-up play, as he ranks in the top 6% for aerials won per 90.

With the breath-taking speed of Wilfried Zaha running off his flick-ons, it could be a dangerous combination for Premier League defenders.

He could be more prolific and dangerous than Benteke, whilst also matching his aerial ability and link-up play. It marks a big improvement with plenty of room for further growth within the Senegalese ace.