Crystal Palace must lure Josh Maja to Selhurst Park to signal a new transfer strategy for the Eagles

Crystal Palace must ensure that they bring Sunderland contract rebel Josh Maja to Selhurst Park to give them an impressive, young goalscoring forward to ease their striking woes, but also to signpost a new era in terms of the Eagles’ transfer dealings.

What’s the word, then?

If you have followed the south Londoners’ business in the market over the years, you will know that they do tend to go for the short-term, washed up option when identifying strikers in particular. The likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Kevin Doyle and Marouane Chamakh were all bought in simply to allow the Eagles to keep their heads above water, and were swiftly moved on.

You could argue that Roy Hodgson and co are working to try and bring in players for the present and the future, shown by their capture of 23-year-old forward Alexander Sorloth. Unfortunately, the Norwegian simply isn’t good enough to play in the Premier League, but the idea was right from the scouts at Palace at least.

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Why would Maja represent change?

The 20-year-old, who was incidentally born in south London, has been in fine form for Sunderland this season with 14 goals to his name – he is smashing them in right now, and will only get even better as he goes on.

Palace are reportedly leading the chase for the young striker, who rejected a new contract from the Black Cats, which is a truly encouraging sign for those associated with the Premier League side who will hopefully view this as a revamp in the scouting department’s thinking.

Seeing as the Eagles hadn’t seen a striker score a goal from open play since last January until Jordan Ayew’s strike against Wolves recently, it would also be a fantastic signing for a club who are desperate for a natural goalscorer within their ranks.