According to Football Insider, Crystal Palace and their Premier League rivals Burnley have both set their sights on signing Cardiff City winger Josh Murphy this summer if the Bluebirds go down, and Eagles striker Christian Benteke will surely have his head in his hands at the report.
Well, apparently the south London outfit have been impressed with what they have seen from the 24-year-old this term, despite the Welsh side’s struggles at the foot of the division and the fact he hasn’t been a regular in the starting XI under Neil Warnock.
Football Insider report that Palace are ready to pounce for the attacker who cost £11m from Norwich City last summer, and with Cardiff effectively needing to take six points from their remaining two fixtures relegation is looking almost nailed on.
Roy Hodgson and his men can actually stick the final nail in the coffin when they travel to the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, which would in turn boost their chances of getting Murphy.
While the wide man seems like a typical Palace signing on paper, Christian Benteke will be tearing his hair out.
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The low on confidence centre-forward, who has been a regular starter in recent weeks and did shine in the win at Arsenal, is in desperate need of a winger who can put chances on a plate to help him get on the goal trail.
Murphy’s stats this season hardly suggest that he is the man to do that, given he has one assist in 27 top-flight outings.
At 24 years of age he still has time on his side to become the finished article at this level, but he is far from at that point as things stand.
With little over a year left on his contract at Selhurst Park and with potential suitors likely being difficult to find this summer, Benteke could easily be with Palace next term.
It is clear to see that he needs consistent wingers to bring the best out of him, and Murphy simply doesn’t fit the bill.