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5 Players Crystal Palace Should Target in January

 • by James Nalton
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When Roy Hodgson took over from Frank de Boer as manager of Crystal Palace, reports circulated that he’d been handed the obligatory transfer war chest. The only problem was that he’d have to wait until January to spend it, as the transfer window had already closed by the time he arrived.

This reserve of funds is expected to total £40million, but any fringe players or unwanted stars who don’t fit the Englishman’s plan will also need to be shipped out to help replenish the bank balance.

Here are five players the 70-year-old could target in the winter transfer window.

Jack Wilshere

Palace have a number of different types of midfielders on their books, but Roy Hodgson may want to bring in a few of his own players come January. One option would be one of his favourites during his time at England, Wilshere.

The manager was a big fan of the Arsenal outcast, despite the injury problems he was suffering at the time. He was included in his Euro 2016 squad even though he had missed a lot of games for his club that season.

“He is there on merit, he is a special player. We don’t have lots and lots of Jack Wilsheres available,” said Hodgson at the time.

“I think he is a real quality player. He ticks all the boxes. I had to ask myself if he is the type of player who brings something different to the team, a player we do not have an abundance of? The answer was yes.”

He may ask the same question in his current situation, and if he arrives at the same answer then the 25-year-old could be moving to South London in January.

Cenk Tosun

Palace were on the verge of signing the Turkish striker towards the end of the summer transfer window, but the deal broke down due to a disagreement on how to structure the £12.5million fee.

There is a lack of firepower in the team at the moment, and even though they already have Christian Benteke on their books, the Belgian target man is yet to get off the mark this season.

While Tosun was a Frank de Boer target, the club could still retain interest in the player as they know Besiktas were willing to sell, but seeing as the 26-year-old has been performing well in the Champions League, he may need persuading if he’s to join a relegation battle in January.

Frederik Rønnow

It’s thought that one area the club are looking to improve, or at least find more competition for the starting spot, is at goalkeeper. Wayne Hennessey is trying his best but another presence in the goalkeeping ranks may spur the Welshman on to help his team further.

Danish goalkeeper, Rønnow, was linked with the club on the final day of the summer transfer window and almost made him a last minute signing, but the deal fell through, probably due to lateness rather than anything else.

It was supposed to be a loan move, but Hodgson’s liking for Scandinavian players could see him return for the Denmark international in January, and he could suggest that the club make the deal a permanent one.

“There was a great opportunity, but it did not matter, and now it’s Brondby, and now it’s about playing football,” said Rønnow after the initial breakdown in talks.

“I think it’s very natural to think about what’s going to happen, and of course the Premier League had been exciting. To say something else is stupid.”

Bacary Sagna

The former Arsenal and Manchester city right-back is well versed in all things Premier League, and if he can get up to speed and up to full fitness in a reasonable amount of time he would offer an experienced option at right back.

Joel Ward, Martin Kelly, and Manchester United loanee Timothy Fosu Mensah have all operated in the right back position, but the 34-year-old could bring stability to an area where the manager currently seems undecided as to his best option.

The club were linked with the Frenchman in the summer, and as he’s still a free agent he must surely still be on their radar.

Ademola Lookman

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The England Under-20 World Cup winner hasn’t been given the game time he would like at Everton this season by Ronald Koeman and David Unsworth, and is rumoured to be open to a January move in search of first team football.

The Londoner has been linked with a move to Tottenham, but he could be just the man to revitalise Palace on the wing or as a support striker to a bigger target man.

Hodgson will be boosted in this area by the recent return of Wilfried Zaha, but they’re only one more injury away from another goal drought.

Dominic Solanke of Liverpool may be another option in this area, but seeing as the club already have the maximum of two loans from Premier League clubs, then making a bid to sign the unsettled Lookman on a permanent deal could make sense.

At the moment the 19-year-old needs first team football, and a good spell at a Premier League club looking for fresh attacking impetus would suit all parties.

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