Three alternative strikers Crystal Palace could target if they miss out on Eddie Nketiah
Crystal Palace are looking to sign a striker, and may have to broaden their search if Eddie Nketiah chooses to stay at Arsenal.
The Eagles are looking at a number of options both home and abroad, but are beginning to come to the realisation that they might miss out on their long-term target Eddie Nketiah.
Midway through last season there was hope and belief that they could sign the English U21 striker, but a change in his fortunes at the Emirates means he is more likely to renew his contract there.
That leaves Palace short on time and options as they had put all their eggs in one basket, but the transfer window is only getting started and agents have started offering players around.
Jean Philippe Mateta, tasked with leading the line for most of the second half of last season, got four goals, so clearly there is the need for an upgrade.
With that in mind here are some of the names Palace could turn to in an attempt to add more goalls.
Emmanuel Dennis is a no brainer for Palace after taking the Premier League by storm.
His skillset and quality is too good for the Championship and LondonWorld understands that he is on the radar of the Eagles.
The Nigerian came from Club Brugge and bagged 10 goals for a side threatened by relegation all season, without even playing as the focal point.
He will be itching to move away and Palace could do with his kind of energy and profile.
The Czech striker has been sensational for Bayer Leverkusen and even though there are bigger clubs looking at him, he fits the profile of what Palace would be looking for.
A brutal finisher who is proven at international level - remember his goal of the tournament contender against the Scots at the Euros.
He is a striker desperate to play in the best league and the chance to lead from the front and live in London would definitely turn the 26-year-old’s head.
Only Robert Lewandowski scored more Bundesliga goals than Schick last season, and his arrival will signal strong intent from Patrick Vieira’s side.
Dieng is less of a big name in this part of the world but he is someone Vieira knows very well and he came through an academy the Palace boss set up in Senegal.
The Eagles have been interested in the forward for a while, and even though he endured a tough season at Marseille, he possesses all the skill set to be a Premier League forward, build strongly with a finisher’s instincts.
He is a very close friend of Cheikhou Kouyate and would fit into the budget of the Palace, with a determination to make a name for himself.