According to The Daily Record, Crystal Palace are keen on a move for West Brom’s Oliver Burke as they look to reinforce their attacking options.
The Eagles already have a fearsome front three packed with quality and, while the Scotsman wouldn’t bring anything too different to the attack, he shares his best qualities with Palace’s trio.
Well, The Daily Record reports that Palace are eyeing a move for the five-cap international in the summer despite his time at West Brom having been far from successful – the winger has struggled to break through at The Hawthorns and was subsequently sent out on loan to Celtic.
In Glasgow the 21-year-old has been a huge hit with the Hoops, who are keen to extend his stay at Paradise beyond the end of the season – they may face fierce competition in the form of Palace for his signature though.
Burke still has another three years left on his deal with the Baggies but the Championship promotion-chasers are looking to cut their losses by offloading the £15m ace. What would he bring to Selhurst Park, then?
The former RB Leipzig man was rarely anything but underwhelming after crossing the channel to England, and was still of little to no use to the Baggies after they dropped into the second tier last summer.
A loan move to Celtic, where he would work with Brendan Rodgers until the Northern-Irishman turned tailcoat, looked the sensible move and now Burke is proving a fantastic signing for the Scottish Premiership champions.
He has chalked up four goals and an assist in nine league appearances up north – an output Palace could certainly do with – and is impressing with his tireless running.
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The versatile forward has Wilfried Zaha’s speed, Andros Townsend’s work-rate and, since he traded the West Midlands for Scotland, has applied the finishing touch of Michy Batshuayi. Burke might not be able to oust any of the aforementioned players from Roy Hodgson’s starting XI easily, but he does have all of their best qualities combined.