Crystal Palace should sell Mamadou Sakho and sign Gary Cahill on loan to replace him

Crystal Palace should cash in on Mamadou Sakho and sign out-of-contract Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in order to boost their transfer budget a bit and allow them to sign a high-quality striker in January.

What’s the word, then?

The French international defender cost the Eagles £26m when they signed him from Liverpool back in the summer of 2017, having initially spent six months on loan at Selhurst Park from Anfield.

Since signing on a permanent deal, however, the 28-year-old has struggled with injuries and has not looked his usual self for most of his time in south London, often being out-shadowed by James Tomkins and causing Palace fans a lot of stress with his dangerous decisions on the ball.

Given the fact that he is still of decent pedigree and has even been called back into Didier Deschamps’ France squad recently, there is still a very good chance that Palace could get their money back on their initial investment – something that they could do with as Roy Hodgson revealed that there may be no money to spend in January (according to the News Shopper).

What should they do?  

A striker is a must. A huge must, and money is needed for one desperately. Who they should go for is another story, but to cover for the potential loss of Sakho in raising funds for one, the south Londoners should look to target the out-of-contract Gary Cahill, who will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge in January as per the Guardian.

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The 33-year-old is still a fantastic player who has just found himself under the wrong manager in Maurizio Sarri. Cahill has won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League during his time in west London; he is one of the most decorated players in the Blues’ history, and would be a shrewd signing for Palace.