Roy Hodgson must kerb Crystal Palace’s reported interest in Victor Moses, and instead turn the Eagles’ attention to West Brom’s Matt Phillips.
The Sun reported in December that Palace were in talks with the Chelsea winger, as they looked to bring the 28-year-old back to Selhurst Park in a £12million move.
The 38-cap Nigerian international came through the academy at Palace, and earned his first-team call-up in the 2007/08 season, netting and assisting three goals in the Championship.
Moses was also a key part of Chelsea’s triumphant Premier League side under Antonio Conte, where he featured heavily at right-wing-back, but the versatile forward is not the player Hodgson requires.
Instead, the 71-year-old should be looking to tap into Cardiff and Burnley’s reported interest in West Bromwich Albion’s Phillips.
Reports in The Mirror suggest that the two sides are battling it out for the £8.1million rated forward, who has 18 months left on his current Baggies contract.
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Palace desperately need another winger in the mid-season transfer market, and if Hodgson was to chase Phillips over Moses, he would be targeting a gifted right-winger, who, like the Nigerian, can ply his trade as a wing-back if required.
If the Aylesbury-born ace were to join the Premier League side, he would be able to push Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend to reach another level, with the Ivory Coast international offering inconsistent form since firing the Eagles ahead in early wins over Fulham and Huddersfield.
As for Townsend, the former Tottenham star is beginning to find a strong vein of form, but the added pressure Phillips would provide would eliminate Hodgson’s current lack of competition for places.
The 27-year-old has often shown throughout the current campaign what he has to offer in front of goal, with six goals and assists in all competitions – the 14-cap international also found the target in Scotland’s 1-0 win over Hungary.
West Brom’s number ten has even been awarded the Man of the Match award on four occasions by WhoScored, who note the former England youth international recording a key pass every 39.7 minutes in the Championship, along with a successful dribble every 45.7, a shot every 58.9 and ten interceptions.
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