According to The Telegraph, Shinji Okazaki will seek pastures new this summer having opted to run down his contract at the King Power Stadium, leaving the door open for Crystal Palace, who were previously interested in his signature according to The Independent, to make a swoop.
Meanwhile, The Sun has reported this week that the Eagles are keen on a different striker this summer by making Jordan Ayew’s move permanent. Surely there is only room for one goal-shy workhorse at Selhurst Park though?
Well, The Telegraph reports that the Japanese striker is unsettled at the King Power Stadium having fallen out of favour under Claude Puel, and his situation hasn’t improved much under Brendan Rodgers either.
The former Mainz man was an integral part of Leicester’s title-winning squad in 2015/16 but, like many of his teammates from that season before him, is heading for the exit.
The Independent reported in January that Palace saw the industrious forward as a potential solution to their striking woes, although they would instead opt for Michy Batshuayi. Meanwhile The Sun revealed this week that Roy Hodgson is keen to bring Ayew in for £4m this summer. Surely they can’t sign both?
Both strikers have found goals hard to come by recently, with Ayew having netted just one league goal in red and blue while Okazaki has failed to score in 24 appearances for the Foxes this season.
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While the pair somewhat make up for their lack of goals in their work-rate, running themselves into their ground for the cause, Palace certainly don’t need both, with Christian Benteke also struggling to find the net and the aforementioned Batshuayi returning to Chelsea in the summer.
Hodgson may be swayed by the fact that Okazaki won’t demand a transfer fee but the 27-year-old Ayew has age on his side. Regardless of whether one joins the Eagles in the summer, Palace will need to sign a prolific goalscorer to alleviate the pressure on Wilfried Zaha and Luka Milivojevic to win and convert penalties respectively – neither Ayew or Okazaki fit that bill although either could be a useful squad player.
Let us know in the comments below, Palace fans, would you rather sign Ayew or Okazaki in the summer? Perhaps you think the Eagles should stay well clear of both?