Backup Needed! 6 Players Crystal Palace Could Sign to Save Their Season Amidst Injury Crisis

It is no secret to the football world that Crystal Palace are in desperate need of reinforcements. 


At this present moment in time, the Eagles are without the services of Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp, Andros Townsend, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Joel Ward, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Connor Wickham...yep, all of them. Injured. 


To add insult to (literal) injury, clubs from all around Europe will be aware of Palace's predicament, and in ramp up their asking price for any player that Roy Hodgson sets his sights on. Great. 


Anyways, here are six players that the Eagles could target to bolster their withering squad...

6. Nicolas Gaitan

The former Benfica man only moved to the Spanish capital back in 2016 in a £21m deal, but has never really been a key man under Diego Simeone, making just one start in La Liga this season for Atletico


As a result of this, the Spanish side are reportedly open to letting the Argentina international leave on loan, with Southampton, Crystal Palace and Everton all keen. 


Palace have already filled their two domestic loan slots with the additions of Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek back in the summer, but they still have a loan slot open for moves from abroad, a position that could be filled with the capture of Gaitan. 

5. Paco Alcacer

As reported by TalkSPORT, Barcelona's Spanish striker could be heading for the exit door at  Nou Camp following the arrival of Philippe Coutinho in Catalonia, and if the league leaders are looking to shift some deadwood, Palace and Southampton will be waiting in the wings for Alcacer's services. 


The former Valencia forward cost Barca around £27m back in the summer of 2016 but has found game time hard to come by, especially when he finds himself behind Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in the pecking order. 

4. Khouma Babacar

To the absolute surprise of no Palace fans whatsoever, Fiorentina's Senegalese forward Khouma Babacar has been linked with the south London club once again, as seem to be the case with every single transfer window in recent history. 


This time, however, the potential interest seems a little more concrete than previous years. Reliable Palace sources have confirmed that the two clubs are in talks over the 24-year-old striker, and after sitting on the Serie A side's bench for the most part of the campaign, a move could be in the pipeline. 

3. Diafra Sakho

West Ham's Senegalese striker has found game time hard to come by this season following the summer arrivals of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic, and Palace have become alerted to the possibility of signing him having kept an eye on him in recent years. 


Sakho would cost the Eagles around £10m, and there have been rumours that he has already undergone a medical with the south Londoners, but the injury prone forward may struggle to pass said medical whilst disciplinary problems may put Palace off. 


Bakary Sako, Mamadou Sakho, Diafra Sakho, anymore?!

2. Ibrahim Amadou

Lille's captain has been the subject of scouting from Palace for a fairly long time, and after losing both Scott Dann and Mamadou Sakho to serious injuries, the Eagles acted on their interest and submitted a £16m early in this current window. 


However, the Ligue 1 club have asked for at least £18m in order to prise the 24-year-old away from France, something that the south London club are currently stalling on as they weigh up their options. 


Anyways, a centre back partnership containing Mamadou and Amadou would be good fun...

1. Vicente Guaita

Getafe's number one has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League of late, and it's beginning to become a bit of when, not if, the Spaniard comes to England, the only real question being whether that is with Crystal Palace or Watford


Guaita is one of the most consistent keepers in La Liga but finds himself out of contract in the summer, meaning the Spanish side are looking to cash in on their asset before losing him on a free come the end of the season. 

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