Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has stated that the Eagles have no plans to move for veteran Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe in the upcoming January transfer market, as reported by Sky Sports.
Whilst Hodgson did not rule out welcoming some new faces to Selhurst Park this winter, it would seem extremely unlikely that Defoe will be amongst them.
The striker may well be pushing for a move. The form of Callum Wilson so far this season has ensured that the 36-year-old has barely had a look in for the Cherries. However, even when the 57-cap former England forward has had an opportunity, he has failed to take it.
Defoe could probably still prove a useful addition to plenty of squads, especially at Championship level, but Palace have to look beyond the man with 273 career goals.
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The south London club desperately need a goalscorer. Christian Benteke’s form has been woeful for a long time, and Alexander Sorloth and Jordan Ayew have failed to shine in his stead.
At one time, Defoe would have been the perfect man to come in to fill that role for Palace. At his peak, the pacy forward was one of the most lethal finishers in English football. That time has now passed though, and taking a gamble on him being able to rediscover his old magic one last time simply isn’t worth the risk.
Hodgson is right to state that signings may be needed. He is equally correct to disregard Defoe as an option.