With Darren Bent agreeing to a season long loan to Fulham, Crystal Palace have lost out on one of their top targets and remain in the hunt for a new striker before the transfer window closes.
The BBC are reporting that Ian Holloway very nearly sealed a big money deal for the former England front man before Fulham swooped in with a more attractive offer, an offer that leaves Palace having to look elsewhere for some much needed fire power.
The Eagles have added promising youngster Dwight Gayle to their ranks, but the 23-year-old will almost certainly need time to adapt to top flight football, and with top scorer Glenn Murray out injured for the first half of the season, they will have to rely on the veteran Kevin Phillips and Arsenal’s forgotten man Marouane Chamakh for goals on their return to the Premier League.
Acknowledging a weakness in attacking positions Ian Holloway has also been linked to a number of other players as he seeks to add more of an attacking threat to his side.
They may just turn to two trialists who have been trying to earn a deal with the club: Osman Sow and former Birmingham and Arsenal forward Quincy Owusu-Abeyie. Swedish striker Sow would prove to be an unknown quantity for Premier League sides this season, given that the 23-year-old has plied his trade for a number of Scandinavian sides and has yet to feature on the international stage, however at six-foot-four he could well unsettle a few defences.
Owusu-Abeyie has been unable to settle at any of club since leaving Arsenal and would no doubt relish the chance to prove he can cut it in the Premier League. Predominantly a winger, he’s unlikely to contribute many goals, however his pace and trickery could help carve out chances for the rest of the Palace attack.
Palace may also resurrect their interest in West Brom’s Peter Odemwingie in order to compensate for missing out on Bent. Odemwingie’s time at West Brom is surely numbered after repeated outbursts and a failed attempt to force a move to QPR last January, and with the club bringing in Matej Vydra and Nicolas Anelka, The Mirror are reporting that Palace are ready to make a move.
The 31-year-old has shown that he can score regularly in the Premier League and with a rumoured price tag of £1.5 million, Odemwingie would be a shrewd buy for Palace.
If, as expected, Ian Holloway sticks to his brand of all-out attacking play that he employed during Blackpool’s brief stay in the top flight, Crystal Palace will need a squad capable of finding the back of the net every game as conceding goals will be an inevitable consequence of such a cavalier approach. Adding another quality striker to their ranks will surely make securing safety less of a challenge for one of the club’s tipped for an immediate return to the Championship.