Dabbur could play key role in Crystal Palace’s season

Crystal Palace are closing in on the capture of striker Munas Dabbur from Red Bull Salzburg, according to Estadio Deportivo.

What’s the word?

Roy Hodgson managed to guide the Eagles away from the relegation zone last season and finished 11th in the Premier League.

The priority will be to avoid a battle at the bottom, and the coach has recruited a number of players that can help them achieve their main objective.

Cheikhou Kouyate and Max Meyer recently moved to Selhurst Park, while goalkeeper Vicente Guaita is also a new face in the squad.

Now, according to Estadio Deportivo, Palace are hoping to win the race to sign Dabbur from Red Bull Salzburg.

Who is Dabbur?

The 26-year-old has been at the German club since 2016 following a switch from Grasshopper.

Dabbur – valued at £11.25m by Transfermarkt – has spent chunks of his career in Israel and Switzerland, but would be brand new to English football if he were to sign for Palace.

That is a risk for the Eagles, but they are targeting the striker after a very impressive season in which he netted 29 goals in all competitions.

Doubts remain over Wilfried Zaha’s future, but if Dabbur signs, he can take on part of the goal burden, which could make him a crucial part of Palace’s season.

The Israel international can also play just behind the striker or wide left.