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Arsenal striker on radar of Crystal Palace

Last Updated on by James King

New Crystal Palace boss, Patrick Vieira has been relatively cautious in transfer window, despite American businessman John Textor making a £90 million investment in the club earlier in the summer.

The club has spent in excess of £45 million, the bulk of which has been on centre-backs Joachim Andersen from Lyon and Marc Guehi from Chelsea. Attacking midfielder Micheal Olise from Reading could be an astute signing while landing Conor Gallacher on loan from Chelsea may well be an excellent piece of business.

Arsenal striker on radar of Crystal Palace

However, one thing that was glaringly obvious last season, is that they were light up front, with too much emphasis being placed on star player Wilfried Zaha for goals, who essentially is a winger.

As a result, this has led to Vieira reportedly turning to the club he enjoyed success with as a player and this has seen the club linked with Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah in recent days.

However, there is a potential stumbling block surrounding the fee, with the Gunners demanding £20 million to help them with their continued rebuilding plans under Mikel Arteta.

Nketiah burst onto the scene a couple of seasons ago with the north London side, though has never fully realised his potential, despite struggling for opportunities, having not supplanted the ageing duo of Alexander Lacazette or Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

He did though, manage 17 appearances in the Premier League last season, though at 22 is at the age where he needs to be playing regularly if he is going to improve. Palace could be the club that can offer him the opportunity to do so, under Vieira who, having been managed by Arsene Wenger understands how effective younger players can be.

 

What can Nketiah offer Palace?

If he is given the chance to play in a central striker role, Nketiah could flourish at the Eagles, especially with the likes of Olise and Gallacher behind him, while the player could forge an effective partnership with Zaha.

Where Nketiah has struggled with his game in recent seasons, as exemplified while on loan at Leeds United, is his end product and work rate, though under Vieira he may turn out to be an astute signing.

Blessed with electric pace, he could suit the way that the Eagles play, on the counter-attack and within a couple of years turn into a reliable Premier League striker. However, it is thought that the proposed £20 million valuation is one that Palace are unwilling to meet.

Indeed, an unnamed European club is thought to have bid twice for the player and are expected to return with a third before the transfer window closes, which could mean that the Eagles have a fight on their hands if they want the striker.