After a near-complete loan move for Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke strangely fell through, Crystal Palace’s striker search is seemingly back to square one. However, Roy Hodgson can count this early transfer window failure as a blessing in disguise if they can sign Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini.
Well, Palace chiefs understandably feel that the striking options currently available to them are lacklustre and that fresh blood up front is needed this month – hence an early move for Solanke.
However, to Hodgson’s frustration, the smart swoop proved to be ill-fated as the club pulled out of the deal for the 21-year-old, with the former England boss stating that he was ‘disappointed’.
With another option already crossed off the list in Jermain Defoe – the former Spurs hitman has agreed to join Rangers on loan – Dougie Freedman may be frantically poring through statistics and scout reports as he tries to identify another target but he should look no further than Gabbiadini.
The lack of a forward who will consistently find the net – or even occasionally – for the Croydon outfit is not an issue that has arisen this season; indeed, Palace have been struggling for goals since Christian Benteke stopped scoring last year.
If Dominic Solanke was seen as a solution it could have been a big mistake to sign him – the Englishman has yet to make an appearance for Liverpool’s first team this campaign, scored just once in 27 appearances for the Reds last season and would surely have taken time that the Eagles cannot afford to get going.
Gabbiadini will have no such teething problems if his first few games for the Saints are anything to go by and, while he may be a bit of a risk, he could be available for a cut-price fee and may just need a fresh start.
The 27-year-old Italian bagged six goals in his first four games for the St Mary’s outfit following a £14.6m move from Napoli in January 2017, but has since fallen out of favour as the Chinese owners change managers like socks – the club are opening to selling him this month with AC Milan interested.
If the left-footer can get right amongst the goals straight away, as he has done previously, it would surely make him an instant favourite with the Selhurst Park faithful; they have gotten used to seeing most of their their team’s goals hit from the penalty spot.
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