Steve Parish has no excuse not to pay out to sign Allan Saint-Maximin now

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According to the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace will need to pay £25m if they want to sign Nice attacker Allan Saint-Maximin this summer, and chairman and co-owner Steve Parish could get back into some Eagles fans’ good books if he sanctions a deal.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail report that the south London outfit see the 22-year-old as a player who can not only provide competition for Wilfried Zaha in the present, but also potentially be his long-term replacement should the Ivory Coast international leave Selhurst Park.

According to the BBC, Palace would want £80m to consider selling the 26-year-old, although they are reluctant to do any business this summer having already seen Aaron Wan-Bissaka depart for Manchester United.

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Eagles supporters on Twitter weren’t happy with Parish over the exit of the 21-year-old for an initial £45m fee, with the Red Devils keeping their 25% sell-on clause for Zaha intact. A previous report in The Guardian on Monday suggested he wanted £50m up front and the clause either reduced or removed entirely, and some fans were quick to say he bottled it in the end.

Chance to make amends

Signing Saint-Maximin for £25m is a bit of a no-brainer for Palace now they have received £45m for Wan-Bissaka, and he would be an exciting addition to Roy Hodgson’s side’s frontline.

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A potential attack of the Frenchman, Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend could be on the cards come the beginning of the new season in August, which would certainly frighten plenty of Premier League defences next term.

Six goals and three assists in 34 Ligue 1 appearances in 2018/19 show the ability that Saint-Maximin has in his locker, while he successfully completed 143 of the 252 dribbles he attempted.

He is clearly a player who would get Crystal Palace supporters off of their seats, and the club shouldn’t waste any time getting a move secured.

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