Mbaye Diagne could prove to be an outstanding Crystal Palace signing

According to Turkish media outlet Aksam, Crystal Palace are one of three Premier League clubs interested in signing Galatasaray striker Mbaye Diagne, and Steve Parish has the chance to pull off what could prove to be an outstanding deal for the Eagles.

What’s the word, then?

Well, despite scoring 11 goals in 17 games for the Turkish giants following a €13m (£11.7m) January move from Kasimpasa, Aksam report that Galatasaray are looking to sell the Senegal international this summer in order to raise funds for other signings.

Aksam report that as well as the south London club, top flight rivals Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton are also potentially interested in a move for the centre-forward.

It is believed that the 27-year-old has previously been offered to teams in Saudi Arabia, but after that idea failed a Premier League transfer could be on the cards instead – something which fits with the player’s wishes.

Why could he be an outstanding signing?

The African has hardly stopped scoring over the course of the past two seasons.

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31 goals in 36 matches for Galatasaray and Kasimpasa last term was preceded by 12 in 17 for the latter in 2017/18.

Palace could certainly do with a centre-forward who knows where the net is, with Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham scoring one goal in all competitions between them last season, and Alexander Sorloth yet to get off the mark in the Premier League.

As well as his goalscoring prowess, Diagne also stands at 6 ft 4 and could give the Eagles a real threat in the air at both ends of the pitch.

He won 86 of the 183 aerial duels he faced in 29 Super Lig outings in 2018/19, which is by no means perfect but shows what he is capable of.

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It’s also interesting to see that WhoScored list one of his strengths ashis abilily to play through balls – he played an average of 1.2 and 0.8 key passes per game for Kasimpasa and Galatasaray last time out, compared to Benteke’s 0.6 for Palace – which should pique the interest of the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend should he arrive at Selhurst Park.

Given the duo already got 19 goals between them last term, there’s no reason why they can’t do even better if they have a creative striker working alongside them in attack.

With Galatasaray reportedly keen to sell it looks as though there is a deal there to be done for Senegalese star. If Parish can get him for a decent fee, especially given his record in front of goal, he could prove to be an outstanding buy.

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