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Crystal Palace would have another exciting attacker in Jean-Kevin Augustin

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According to Sky Sports, Crystal Palace are weighing up making a move for £15m-rated Red Bull Leipzig attacker Jean-Kevin Augustin before Thursday’s deadline, and the Eagles would have another electric attacker in their ranks if Steve Parish is willing to spend.

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Sky Sports report that the south London outfit, along with Premier League rivals Aston Villa, are considering bids for the 22-year-old, who the Bundesliga side are willing to sell as long as they recoup the £15m they paid to bring him in from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.

Sky Sports report that Ligue 1 duo Monaco and Nice are also keen on the France U21 international, who found regular starts hard to come by in Germany last season.

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Augustin has scored 20 goals in 67 appearances for Leipzig, enjoying his best spell with the team under the tutelage of current Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl in 2017/18.

Another electric attacker

The young Frenchman may have struggled to feature on a regular basis for his current employers in recent times, but it is hard to ignore the impact he has made.

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Take last term for example. The 22-year-old scored three Bundesliga goals in just 452 minutes on the pitch with 13 of his 17 outings coming from the substitutes’ bench, as per WhoScored.

The previous year under Hasenhuttl, he netted nine times and provided a further five assists in 1,253 minutes across 25 outings, only 14 of which were starts.

The France U21 international is clearly a threat in the final third, and there is no doubting his pace and power should he arrive at Selhurst Park, with current teammate Willi Orban once describing him as ‘quick and composed’.

Should Palace keep hold of Wilfried Zaha, those two plus Andros Townsend would have the makings of a potentially exciting and speedy front three in 2019/20 given the current Eagles duo had 29 goal involvements between them last time out.

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However, it ultimately all depends on whether Steve Parish is willing to splash the cash, seeing as Palace’s only additions so far this summer have been Stephen Henderson, Jordan Ayew and Gary Cahill, two of which cost nothing and the other £2.5m.

Even their potential move for Victor Camarasa looks set to be a loan fee with a view to a permanent deal in 2020, as the Eagles look set for a low summer of spending despite receiving an initial £45m for Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Manchester United.

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